Abandoned ICV Railway Bridge 2012
Abandoned since 1969, this bridge crosses Indian Creek near the location where it enters into the Youghiogheny River. The Indian Creek Valley Railway Company existed for a period of 63 years from 1906 to 1969 and extended approximately 23 miles through mountain communities such as Jones Mills, Mill Run, Indian Head, Melcroft, and Champion. The main business for the railroad came from timber, coal, and passenger service. It was purchased by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad back in 1926 but still continued to operate under its previous name. The ultimate demise of the railroad in 1969 came about due to a decline in deep mining and coal being transported by truck instead of rail. There was a connection with the ex-B&O mainline not far from here, which is behind me in this photo. While it seems to look like a very remote area now, there was once a train station on the other side of this bridge where you see the trees. There is hope that one day the partially completed Indian Creek Valley Trail will be able to reach this far and then make a crossing of the Youghiogheny River to connect with the much longer Great Allegheny Passage. So far only 8 of 22 possible miles have been completed due to financial, right-of-way, and liability issues.