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LeGore Bridge

   


LeGore Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 9, 2008
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
LeGore Bridge Road Over Monocacy River
Location
Rural: Frederick County, Maryland
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1903 By Builder/Contractor: James William LeGore

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1981
Main Span Length
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
Structure Length
248 Feet (75.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
18.4 Feet (5.6 Meters)
Spans
5 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
200000F-0410010

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This bridge was originally built as a private undertaking by James LeGore to facilitate access to his LeGore Stone Quarry. Given this fact, it is no surprise the bridge is made of stone, since the materials were freely available to LeGore, and also the sturdy construction of a stone arch would have been able to support heavy loads of stone taken from the quarry.

When the bridge was being built, troublemakers blew up on of the main piers using dynamite.

A sad irony, some years after the bridge was built, James LeGore's own son jumped off the bridge, committing suicide .

Today this bridge is owned by Frederick County who has maintained it so it can continue to carry traffic on a two-lane paved road. This is the only listed stone arch bridge open on public roads in the county, and it is the oldest arch bridge of any material in the county. Each span is a slightly different length. The National Register nomination link above contains the exact sizes for each span.

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