Clarkton Bridge History

By Douglas W. Powell
November 11, 2003

The first mention of the bridge to be known as the Clarkton Bridge in the Halifax County records was recorded in the March 1900 term of court. The Court received an application from T. B. Clark and others for the building of a bridge. It appointed commissioners to meet with commissioners from Charlotte County at the proposed bridged site and ordered them to make a report back to the Halifax County Court.

Tuesday, March 27, 1900

On the application of T. B. Clark and others, this Court having duly considered the petition filed and a letter from L. E. Johnson General Manager of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company also filed, is of opinion that a bridge across Staunton River at a point on said River near the mouth of Catawba Creek where said River is the dividing line between the Counties of Halifax and Charlotte is necessary, (The estimated cost of said bridge is $6000, of which sum the said Norfolk & Western Railway Company in the aforesaid letter of said General Manager signifies its willingness to contribute the sum of $2000 and the like sum of $2000 having been subscribed for by private individuals the said Counties not to be liable for more than the sum of $1000 each, said bridge when completed to be turned over to said two counties and to be a free bridge) it is ordered that the Clerk of this Court do transmit to the County Court of Charlotte County a duly certified copy of this order as notice of the action of this Court in the matter of the construction of said bridge. And it is further ordered that F. G. Baldwin, L. D. Martin, and J. E. Baldwin resident free holders of the County of Halifax who are hereby appointed commissioners for the purpose, do meet with like commissioners to be appointed by the County Court of Charlotte County at the place where said bridge is proposed to be built, and confer with said last mentioned commissioners and agree as to the manner and conditions of doing the work and make report of the results of such conference to this Court.
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Meanwhile in Charlotte County the Board of Supervisors addressed the issue on April ____.

______________, April ___, 1900

On the application of E. R. Monroe, H. C. Rice and others to erect a free bridge across Staunton River on the dividing line between Charlotte and Halifax Counties and the court having mature by considering the petition filed and a copy of the order of the County Court of Halifax County approving of the same is of opinion that said bridge is necessary and doth approve of the erection of said bridge upon the terms and conditions set forth in said petition that is to say the Norfolk and Western Rail Road to contribute $2000.00, the County of Halifax $1000.00 the County of Charlotte $1000.00 and private individuals $2000.00 the said counties in no case to be liable for more than $1000.00 each and the said bridge when completed to be turned over to said two counties and to be a free bridge it is ordered that the clerk of this curt do transmit to the County Court of Halifax County a duly certified copy of this order as notice of he actions of this Court in the matter of the construction of said bridge, and it is further ordered that Geo. B. Hannah, S. C. Daniel and Thos H. Colly resident free holders of the County of Charlotte who are hereby appointed commissioners for the purpose do meet with the commissioners appointed by the County Court of Halifax at the place where said bridge is proposed to be built and confer with said mentioned commissioners and agree as to the manner and conditions of doing the work and make report to this court of the result of such conference.
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The ordered meeting of the commissioners took place on April 14, 1900.

Wednesday, April 25, 1900

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Monday, June 4, 1900

In the matter of the application of E.R. Monroe, H. C. Rice & others for the building of a bridge across Staunton River

This matter come on this day to be heard on the report of S. C. Daniel, Geo. B. Hannah, and Thos H. Colly commrs made in pursuance of the order entered herein at the last (April) term of this court and filed this day. On consideration whereof it appearing from said report that said commrs. did on the 14th day of Aril 1900 meet the commrs. Appointed by the County Court of Halifax County for that purpose at the place where said bridge is proposed to be built and that upon examining the proposed site for the bridge and consulting as to the necessity for building the same, they agreed that said bridge is a necessity and should be built and that it will require the expenditure on the part of the County of Charlotte of the sum of $2000.00 and the like sum of $2000.00 on the part of Halifax County, the residue of he amount necessary for building said bridge to be contributed by the Norfolk and Western Railway Company and by private subscriptions, the Court doth order that S. C. Daniel, Geo. B. Hannah and G. W. Berkley Commrs. doth with commrs appointed by the County Court of Halifax County in receiving proposals for building said bridge in such manner & on such conditions as may be agreed on. But before receiving such proposals said commissioners shall agree with the commissioners of the part of Halifax County on the plan of bridge, shall prepare specifications and plans for inspection of bidders and shall receive proposals for an Iron Bridge and also for a Wooden covered bridge and shall give notice for the length of time and in one of he modes prescribed by section 992, of the Code of Virginia of 1887 of the time and place for receiving such proposals with a report of their action to this court. But this action is in no way to commit the County of Charlotte to the building of said bridge
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[1] Halifax County Order Book 11, p. 569
[2] Charlotte County Order Book 42, p. 171.
[3] Halifax County Order Book 11, p. 581.
[4] Charlotte County Order Book 42, p. 186.