Bellaire in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Great Stone Viaduct
Construction of this Great Stone Viaduct began in 1870 at Union Street as an Ohio approach to the railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. It was completed to Rose Hill in April 1871, and the entire bridge span connecting Ohio to West Virginia, of which the Viaduct is a part, was opened to rail traffic on June 21, 1871. Jointly constructed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Central Ohio Railroad, its sandstone piers rise in varying heights 10 to 20 feet above the streets, from which are placed 43 stone arches supported by 37 ring stones (18 on each side of a keystone) intended to symbolize a united Union consisting of 37 states. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, this Ohio River crossing became known as the "Great Shortline to the West."
Erected 2008 by The Village of Bellaire and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 0.766′ N, 80° 44.55′ W. Marker is in Bellaire, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street and 31st Street, on the left when traveling south on Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire OH 43906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Imperial Glass (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willow Grove Mine (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel John H. Sullivan (approx. ¼ mile away); War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Square and its Uses / The Question of Ownership (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellaire.
Also see . . . B & O Bridge and Viaduct. (Submitted on March 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,235 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.