The Silver Bridge Disaster

The Silver Bridge Disaster (HMQDL)

Location: Gallipolis, OH 45631 Gallia County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 51.851', W 82° 8.54'

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On December 15, 1967, about one mile downstream from this historic marker, a national tragedy occured. Forty-six interstate travelers lost their lives when the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River during five o'clock rush hour traffic. The 2,235 foot two-way vehicular bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanagua, Ohio via U.S. Route 35. The West Virginia Ohio River Bridge Company built the structure in 1928 for $1.2 million. The bridge, unique in its engineering conception, was the first of its design in America and the second in the world. Instead of woven-wire cable, the bridge was suspended on heat-treated eye-bar chains. It was named the "Silver Bridge" because it was the first in the world to be painted with aluminum paint. In 1969, two years later, its replacement, the Silver Memorial Bridge, was dedicated.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number8-27
Year Placed1992
Placed ByGallia County Historical Society O. O. McIntyre Park District and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 8:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 400893 N 4302325
Decimal Degrees38.86418333, -82.14233333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.851', W 82° 8.54'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 51.06" N, 82° 8' 32.40" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1858-1898 Ohio River Scenic Byway, Gallipolis OH 45631, US
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