HISTORIC BRAMWELL BRIDGES

Bramwell's Historic Yon - Peraldo Memorial Bridge

In March 2010 the new "Blue" Bridge on the East end of the Town of Bramwell was dedicated in memory and honor of two Bramwell pioneers, Livio Yon and Mauro Peraldo. The original "Blue" Bridge crossed the Bluestone River toward Bramwell High School from downtown Bramwell and was painted blue. It is one of three bridges in Historic Bramwell that crosses the horseshoe bend in Bluestone River.

This original bridge crossed the Bluestone River on the West side of the Town of Bramwell. It's design was "Pony Truss" and was like that of the Duhring Bridge (Kate Hewitt Memorial Bridge) that crosses the Bluestone River on the North side of the town. The bridge consisted of four simple riveted and bolted steel pony truss spans (SSPT) and is supported at each end and middle by full-height reinforced concrete pier. It is named after two of Bramwell's most respected citizens. Another bridge that crosses the Bluestone River on the East side of the Town of Bramwell is the Phoebe Goodwill Memorial Bridge and is a more modern bridge that was built in the early 1950s. It is located at East the end of Block Street.

The original bridge as shown below was built in 1930 by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Works Company. The bridge was constructed of two rivited pony truss spans and supported at the ends and middle by stone mason abutments. The original bridge was 136 feet, 7 inches long and had a road width of 15 feet, 2 inches. The original "Blue" Bridge bridge was renamed in 2010 to honor the memory of two Bramwell pioneers, Livio Yon and Mauro Peraldo. The folllowing are two photographs of the original "Blue" Bridge.

( Below photograoh/text from Bluefield Daily Telegraph.)

Leo Peraldo was five years old when he came to Bramwell in 1913 from his native Piedicavallo, Italy. His Bramwell house was built in 1926 on a foundation of bluestone, laid by Italian stonecutters. Mr. Peraldo lived his life out in historic Bramwell and was well known in the community.

Mr. Leo Carl Peraldo, 94, of 127 Bluestone Avenue (PO Box 246), Bramwell, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 10, 1908, in Italy, he was a son of Mauro and Maurillia Yon Sotta Peraldo. He was the last surviving member of his family. He had been a resident of Bramwell for 89 years and was a member of the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Bramwell High School and obtained additional musical training in New York. He was a retired violin teacher.

This photograph of the new Yon-Peraldo Memorial Bridge was taken in December 2016.

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 28-20/5- 0.07, located in Mercer County, the "Yon-Peraldo Memorial Bridge":

Whereas, Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon were natives of Piedicavallo, Italy; and

Whereas, Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon learned the stonemason trade as apprentices during their childhood; and

Whereas, Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon settled in Bramwell, West Virginia, when they arrived from Italy; and

Whereas, Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon, with a crew of at least 20 stonemasons, built grand structures, foundations, stone walls, cemetery walls and reservoirs; and

Whereas, Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon's artistic work remains as a treasured legacy for the people in the 21st Century to appreciate; and

Whereas, It is fitting, to honor the memory of Mauro Peraldo and Livio Yon, by naming bridge number 28-20/50.07, located in Mercer County, the "Yon-Peraldo Memorial Bridge";

therefore, be it Resolved by the West Virginia Legislature: That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name bridge number 28-20/5-0.07, located in Mercer County, the "Yon-Peraldo Memorial Bridge"; and,

be it Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the "Yon-Peraldo Memorial Bridge"; and,

be it Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

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