Historic Bramwell Bridge Rt. 52 in Freeman, West Virginia
Also featuring the historic James Elwood House and Buss Hale Grocery Store.
|In September 1911 the town of Bramwell contracted with the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Ronoke, Virginia to build the above bridge on RT.52 at the foot of Pinnacle Mountain. It crossed the Bluestone River in Freeman, WV. It was built along with two other bridges. One bridge was built across Simmons Creek in Freeman and another over Bluestone River in Bramwell. The cost for all the three bridges was $2225.00 and was paid for by the Town of Bramwell. The above bridge was replaced in the early 1990s with a elaborate bridge that is located a short distance from this bridge. Looking to the right of the bridge picture you can see the old "Buss Hale" grocery store and the D.W. McCormick and Martha "Elwood" McCormick House (formerly it was James Elwood House) can be seen in the background on the left side of the picture. The Buss Hale grocery store was completely destroyed by fire in 2003.|
MEMORIES FROM THE PAST - 1944
" THE BRAMWELLAIRE"
|This World War Two medium sized bomber was built from donations of funds by the students of Bramwell High School. They sold over $177,000 in war bonds and stamps and collected "tin cans" for scrap mental in the early 1940s. The plane was named "The Bramwellaire" in honor of the town. The combination name "Bramwellaire" joined Bramwell and Millionaire by which the Bramwell High School students have been known since the pioneer days of the town.|