Speers Ferry in Scott County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Copper Creek Railroad Trestles
More than a century later this viaduct is still a vital link in the rail network of Clinchfield's successor company, CSX Transportation. An average of 18 to 24 coal trains currently pass daily over this bridge, keeping the lights on in such major cities as Charlotte, Columbia, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Charleston. Northbound coal empties are returning to the rich coal seams of Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and Southern West Virginia. Additional trains carrying general merchandise, grain, plastics, lumber, chemicals, and aggregates also pass over this trestle.
The lower bridge was constructed by the South Atlantic & Ohio Railroad around 1890 and is currently owned
Erected by Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation and Scott County Virginia.
Location. 36° 39.272′ N, 82° 44.809′ W. Marker is in Speers Ferry, Virginia, in Scott County. Marker is on Orby Cantrell Highway (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at a pull off providing a view of the Clinch River and railroad bridges. Marker is in this post office area: Duffield VA 24244, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Natural Tunnel: Railroading and Recreation (here, next to this marker); The Wilderness Road Crossing of the Clinch River (here, next to this marker); Speers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Carterís Fort The Natural Tunnel Route (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Carterís Fort (approx. 4.6 miles away); Scott County / Lee County (approx. 8.1 miles away); First Settlers (approx. 9.1 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Speers Ferry.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,488 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.