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Broadnax in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bridges of Brunswick County

 
 
Bridges of Brunswick County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
1. Bridges of Brunswick County Marker
Inscription. While wooden trestle bridges were numerous in Brunswick County, the Meherrin River Bridge was one of a few truss bridges on the A&D between Pinners Point (at Portsmouth) and Danville. Built in 1893, the 150-feet long, through truss pin-connected span was supported by two steel towers secured into concrete block footings.

Almost forty years later, to permit the operation of heavier steam locomotives, the Southern Railway installed new timber structural reinforcement called falsework. However, the timber falsework created a problem. Whenever the river rose there was the danger of the new falsework washing out and breaking the line. ln response, bridge gangs were sent by the railroad to keep it free of drift. In 1939 the problem was resolved when the Meherrin River Bridge was renewed with a new heavier truss and concrete piers as seen in the 1948 photo.

The new prefabricated bridge span for the Tobacco Heritage Trail is supported by the 1939-installed piers.

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Steam locomotive 575 on the A&D line between West Norfolk and Suffolk H. Reid
Railroad Trestle Bridge over Roses Creek, Lawrenceville
Pleasant Grove Rd. Bridge over the A&D in Charlie Hope William E. Griffin, Jr.
Meherrin River Bridge, 1948William E. Griffin, Jr.
Upper view of Railroad Trestle
Tobacco Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
2. Tobacco Heritage Trail
Bridge in Lawrenceville
 
Erected by Tobacco Heritage Trail.
 
Location. 36° 44.085′ N, 77° 56.919′ W. Marker is in Broadnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on Tobacco Heritage Trail 0.6 miles east of Evans Creek Road (County Route 623), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Meherrin River crossing. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. You are Traveling Through the Scenic Meherrin River Watershed! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tobacco As a Way of Life (approx. 0.6 miles away); The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rolling Post Office (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 3.8 miles away); Staunton River Raid (approx. 4.2 miles away); Native Americans and Fort Christanna (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fort Christanna: Established 1714 (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadnax.
 
Also see . . .  Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 1, 2016.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars
 
Tobacco Heritage Trail - Meherrin River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 30, 2016
3. Tobacco Heritage Trail - Meherrin River Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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