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Old bridge at Hanging Rock

Old bridge

On my way to Hanging Rock, I passed this very old bridge. I can't tell you much about it, other than it is very old, but it is still an interesting sight. Perhaps someone could inform me on the technique in which this bridge was built?

Little Stoney Creek
When arriving at Hanging Rock Park, located in the Jefferson National Forest, I found a variety of different colors and sounds. You can see the influence from the continuously flowing water. Hundreds of years of eroding rock and soil to form such a beautiful location.

Little Stoney Creek was a popular location for moonshiners back in the day. The frigidly cold water, flowing from the top of High Knob, is said to make the best moonshine around.

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It's a log bridge, which is technically a beam bridge. The foundations seem to have been reinforced to keep them from washing away. Bridges like these are only suitable for short spans; they aren't rigid enough for a long span. The deflection of such a simply supported beam is proportional to the third power of the length. So a beam twice as long would flex eight times as much, everything else being equal.

You'd need something like a truss bridge (or extra abutments midstream) for a longer bridge.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Feb 16 17:41:54 2013

What fish in there? Saw in Germany mt. Stream diverted to good size pool Stocked with trout. Buisness only open one day a week to sell fresh fish

Comment by jim Sun Feb 17 23:31:12 2013

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