Levisa Branch Trestle — Pike County, Kentucky

If you dig long and deep enough every one of these train trestles you come across have a unique history and story. This bridge in particular however has a very unique story and history in the fact that it was relocated to this spot.

Pike County, KY The bridge was originally constructed in 1894 by the Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. and crossed the Ohio river. At that time when it crossed the Ohio the bridge carried two tracks. Pike County, KY

In 1960 the bridge was relocated to its present home in the Millard community of Pike County, Kentucky by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, which is now part of CSX.

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Puncheon Branch Trestle — Knott County, Kentucky

This trestle crosses the Puncheon Branch,a tributary of the Kentucky river and Kentucky route 1498 near it’s intersection with state route 7 in the community of Kite, Kentucky.
Trestle over KY 1468 at Kite, KY
The Trestle is 711 feet long.

Russell Fork Railroad Bridge — Pike County, Kentucky

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With the completion of the railroad and the bridge across the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River in Elkhorn City, eastern Pike County and southwest Virginia was linked to the Kentucky Coalfields via railway.

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The bridge was completed in 1912.   After the completion the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad and the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad were junctioned up and Elkhorn City became a hub of action and traffic because this is where the two railways interchanged.  More information and photos about Elkhorn City and the vital role that this town played in coal transportation will come in this blog when I cover the Elkhorn City Railroad Museum at a later date.  Until then check out this website for more information and historical pictures:  CLICK HERE

Dante Depot — Russell County, Virginia

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Dante, Virginia is located in western Russell County near the Dickenson County border.  At one time in the early 20th century, Dante was the northern terminus of the Clinchfield Railroad.  In fact, it was such a booming town that at one time the Headquarters for the Clinchfield Railroad was located in Dante.  The town, and this station is given much credit to opening up and developing the coalfields in neighboring Dickenson County.

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I cant find a definite opening date for this train station but Im guessing sometime around 1900 would be correct.

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Recently CSX has wanted to demolish the structure and the community has fought to save and restore the building, but as you can see from my photos as of September, neither side have saw their plans come to fruition.

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What’s really shocking and sad about this depot is the rapid decay of the building.  While researching I saw some photos shot at this depot in 2011 and the building looked much more structurally sound than as it stands today.

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My guess is that unless something big doesnt come along and soon, this historic depot will be lost forever.