Staunton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sears Hill Bridge
In early 2010, the City of Staunton was offered the bridge by the owner of the train station complex because the bridge was held under an easement as a public right-of-way. After completing an engineering analysis of the bridge, the City determined that it was structurally unsound and closed it to any public access. The owner had the bridge dismantled and donated it to the City. In turn, the City requested that citizens step forward to create a committee, Friends of the Sears Hill Bridge, to raise funds for its restoration.
The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge served as the fiscal agent for the committee to allow charitable donations. After three years of efforts, the committee raised over $200,000 to restore the bridge and once again open it to the public in April of 2013.
Location. 38° 8.841′ N, 79° 4.366′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Staunton VA 24401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the C&O Station (here, next to this marker); Staunton (here, next to this marker); Stauntonís Wharf Historic District History (a few steps from this marker); Main Passenger Terminal (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Alexander Humphreys (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augusta County World War I Memorial Tablet (about 500 feet away); Augusta County (about 500 feet away); Dr. William Fleming (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
More about this marker. The marker contains lists of officials and donors as well as two images. The lists are for “Friends of the Sears Hill Bridge Committee” and “Sears Hill Bridge Restoration: Major Donors.” The images are captioned: “This photograph (circa 1900) shows an earlier wooden bridge constructed in 1888 on the site.” and “The current bridge was raised in 1946 to accommodate taller train cars.” This second image is a architectural drawing of the bridge.
Regarding Sears Hill Bridge.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 11, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 9, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the Sears House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places • Can you help?