This Day in Dayton, 10 November

November 11, 1981, the bridge over the tracks in Dayton on Railroad Street fell as a Norfolk and Western train passed below it. People in town remember it as the train hitting the bridge, but the article in the Journal and Courier reports that “no one knows the reason why” the bridge fell. The bridge was built of “big posts” and had a “chain link fence” but its age was uncertain. It was being used only by pedestrians and motor cycles in 1981, but had been a car bridge years before. Sharon Whitlock was quoted as saying that “many years ago” the bridge was hit by a crane, and afterward it was closed to traffic. (Journal and Courier, Metro Section, 12 November 1981)

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