This rare photo circa 1921 is very interesting to me.  If you look very closely, you can make-out both the Big and Little Coal Rivers near Alum Creek.   The two swinging bridges are there to this very day and in relatively good condition.  Where they meet (on the left of the photo) is called "The Point",  and there used to be a one room school house and several homes.  They are long gone now.  The school was later built across the river to the right of that big white house on the right.  It too is now gone.   A most interesting site in this photo is the riverboat in the right hand corner.  That boat is dredging sand from the river bottom.  Not for navigation, but to harvest sand for re-sale. ( see more below ) This is how "Sand Plant Road" off Corridor G got it's name.  When you think about how far inland this section of the river is from the Kanawha River,  that big boat is pretty amazing.  Most of the property you see where the houses are belonged to the Childress's, and much of it still does today.  A Childress was on the County Commission that built these bridges also.  It's my understanding that the State wanted to keep these bridges in shape, but the new owner of "The Point"  did'nt want this to happen.  That's a shame, because swinging bridges like these are a real treasure and I hate to see them just rust away to nothing.

Patti Hunt in Indiana came across a postcard with this picture of the Little Coal River Bridge (the "west" bridge) under construction about 1920.

This is the first bridge that you cross over the Little Coal River

From this bridge you can see where the Big Coal & Little Coal Rivers merge

This is the second bridge over the Big Coal River

Coal River Bridge Plate

This is the company that owned the boat in the first photo. The sand was used mostly on the railroad.

See Bob Lilley's website on the complete history of the Union Carbide Summer Camps,
which was just up the road from these bridges
,  by clicking HERE