Copper Creek Viaduct

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The lower bridge was built in the late 1890s by the Virginia & Southwest Virginia rail road (V&SW).  That line was absorbed into the Southern Rail Road in 1916, just a year after this card was mailed.

The upper one, the Copper Creek Viaduct (a word the Marx Brothers had fun with in The Cocoanuts) was built by the C.C. & O in 1908.  The stated height now is 185′ , measuring from the river below.

You barely read the writing down the length of the viaduct, but I believe it says “crossed this just today” or something to that effect.

The post card itself appears to have been printed in Germany before WWI.

4 thoughts on “Copper Creek Viaduct

  1. sk8str8 June 16, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    A few years ago, a few of my friends and I made the steep climb from the lower tracks to the upper rail to explore a nearby cave. Foolishly, we walked out on the viaduct while we were there. Wow what a height, and an invigorating experience. To this day, that was one of my most memorable caving trips, which is funny because I remember so little about the cave, but so much about the feeling of being so alive while walking out above Copper creek.

    • Bob Lawrence June 16, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      I’ve often considered doing something like that, but I always had to be someplace else urgently, or something like that. Great comment. Thank you.

      • sk8str8 June 16, 2019 / 7:17 pm

        Actually, come to think of it, that’s exactly what my profile photo is on here!

  2. Robert Stigall October 20, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Hello Bob,

    As always I admire the posts on here and this one is no different. That being said, in this picture, I happened to notice if you follow the tracks across the viaduct , and southward, I
    Believe that you can see to the right the tunnel
    Portal of the 1, 115 foot long Moccasin Ridge, or as you note on the diary the Speers Ferry tunnel . I’m pretty sure that this is right, because I have watched a YouTube video of one of the past Santa Claus Specials that CSX hosts the weekend before Thanksgiving , which is a cab ride profile view out to the right side of the locomotive and right before they cross CCV , they pass through a shorter tunnel .

    Again, thanks for the site and thanks for sharing these bits of CC&O history!

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