Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lilly Bridge History and Explosion

     Today, on the 15th of November, 2015, the old Lilly Bridge was demolished. What an event for all the people of Summers County! Our map is changed by approx 60 ft. This bridge was the link between Hinton and Pipestem, WV.
     It was built in the early 1900's before the Bluestone Dam. The Lilly Bridge was named after Robert and Frances Lilly who moved from Dublin Pulaski, Virginia to settle here in the 1700's - 1800's (different info from different sources.). Their new home soon became a town, Lilly.

"Lilly continued to thrive until the mid 1900s when the construction of the Bluestone Dam began. Construction calculations predicted Lilly would be underwater, and residents were forced to move. Cemeteries were exhumed and moved to new locations. Buildings, churches, and homes were all destroyed or moved to new locations. A few of their foundations still remain, offering a tangible link to the families who once struggled to survive here. While walking through the old settlement of Lilly today you can still see foundations of old structures scattered throughout the area, or a coal bucket laying on the ground offering one of the only clues that a once thriving community was based here."

Here you can see a compilation of photos and videos of the bridges history and destruction:
Lives were lost during the construction of the Lilly Bridge with this horrific incident.

A view going toward Pipestem from Hinton just before the construction of the new bridge began.
Photo by Loyd Lowry 
Photos of the details of the bridge can be found here. Due to copyright, I cannot post any of the photos on the blog, however, I urge you to click this link.

Crossing the Lilly Bridge in both directions June 13, 2015. Thank you for this video, Matt Nowak. Check out his website,

Check out these cool videos of the demolition!

BRIDGE DEMOLITION! Check out this video of the historic Lilly Bridge in Hinton coming down today! That story and more tonight on 59 News
Posted by WVNS 59News on Sunday, November 15, 2015
Here is another view of the demolition by Seth Gatewood.

Lilly bridge goes bye bye
Posted by Robert Moretto on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Just Wow! the take down of the old Bluestone " Lilly Bridge" this morning. Be sure to turn on sound for full viewing pleasure. Thanks Leah Zellmer and Jason White for sharing!--Courtesy of Bluestone Lake Marina
Posted by Carolyn Aust-Vance on Sunday, November 15, 2015