Railroad Bridge, Foster Falls
Posted By From On High
Date Sunday, 29 April 2018, at 1:51 p.m.
This photo gives a clue as to when the Foster Falls economy finally collapsed. It's a bridge abutment. In the 19th century the Foster Falls Mining and Manufacturing Company operated an iron furnace on the south shore of New River in Wythe County, Virginia. Most of the iron mines were to be found in the Red Hills area on the north side of the river. In order to get the raw product from Point A to Point B the mining company needed a bridge. Each day a train transported ore on flatbed cars to the furnace across this bridge just downriver from its smelting operation. In 1916 a horrendous flood swept away the center span of the bridge and operations ceased. They were never started up again.
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