The Silver Bridge
at Point Pleasant, West Virginia collapsed December 15, 1967. The disaster took
the lives of 46 persons. Because the two bridges were similar in design and
age, the West Virginia State Road Commission ordered the Hi Carpenter Bridge
closed on December 30, 1968.
A supporting eye-bar was blamed for the disaster at Point
Pleasant, no actual faults were ever found on the, Hi Carpenter
span. It was decided to tear the bridge down and erect a new one on the old
A ferry has been chugging back
and forth across the Ohio River since 1968.
The two ferry landings are within site of the Hi Carpenter Bridge Piers. Fare
is 50 cents.
Newport workers still form car pools and long
lines of passenger vehicles al the ferry approaches before and after shift
change at the factories located near St. Mary’s
River traffic, high water,
mechanical breakdown, and fog are reasons for the ferry not running. You
couldn’t depend on the ferry service. People of both communities were not very
happy about the situation.