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Program Explores B&O Stone Arch Bridges and More

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s next Lunch With Book program will explore the local historic landmark that is the Baltimore & Ohio Stone Arch Bridges and other notable structures in the Ohio Valley.

The program will begin at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Daniel Frizzi, a trustee for the Great Stone Viaduct Society in Bellaire, recently helped put together a festival to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the city’s Great Stone Viaduct. At Lunch With Books, Frizzi will reprise the presentation he created for the festival, “Baltimore & Ohio Stone Arch Bridges,” which will explore the history of Bellaire’s bridge and several others, including the Hempfield Railroad viaduct at Tunnel Green in Wheeling, which was designed by Suspension Bridge engineer Charles Ellet Jr. in 1857.

Find out more on the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society’s Facebook Page.

The featured book for the program will be “The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the Nation’s First Railroad, 1828-1853” by James D. Dilts, Stanford University Press, 1993.

In addition to being in-person in the library auditorium, this program will be available to watch live on Facebook Live, on YouTube and on the OCPL website’s LWB Livestream page. Log into Facebook or YouTube during the program to leave questions for presenters in the comments box. They will answer them during the live broadcast.

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