Monday, April 6, 2009

Crockery City Brewery and Ice Company

This is seven stories of Scary. No roof on at least one side. Very Gothic looking. For some reason it reminds me of a building in a Batman movie. I am looking for some info on it. I have found out it hasn't been used much since the late 1950's. It was built in 1900. It survived two times of prohibition, once local and once national. It employed as many as 135 people at one time. I have not heard any ghost stories about the place, but really, it is so scary looking, does it even need any? For scary, these pictures give this building no justice. Standing in front of it, I was very uncomforable. I don't know if it's because the place looks like it is going to fall down, or because something is there.
Still, if you know any stories about it, please let me know.
Is this building soon to become a member of the parking lot club? While I haven't heard anything like that, no one has any money to restore it. How much would it take to fix up this seven story monster? Probably about as much as it is going to take to tear it down I would guess, and tearing down this building is not a pleasant thought. At this point it looks like seven stories of death. Has any one heard anything? Please let me know.

The Chester Bridge 1897-1970

Behind Mike in the distance is the Randolph Jennings Bridge. Built in 1977, it replaced the other bridge that joined Chester to East Liverpool. I will get a better picture of this bridge tomorrow in my adventures out.
The Chester Bridge was built in 1897. It was a suspension bridge that served as a toll bridge until 1938 when it was sold to the state of Ohio. From that point it was free to cross, and connected Chester, WV to East Liverpool, Ohio. Due to safety concerns, the bridge was closed in 1970. People used the Newell Bridge to cross for seven years, when the Randolph/Jennings Bridge was finally finished in 1977. The Chester Bridge was dismantled in the early 70's.

This picture was taken in the mid 50's. That is the Chester Bridge in the back ground.

This is what remains of the bridge today. The picture on the left is what remains on the West Virgina side, which is way more than what remains on the Ohio side, pictured on the right. Tomorrow I plan to go to the WV side and take some closer pictures of the only remaining bridge abutment for the Chester Bridge.