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April 8, 1983 - Last Fares For The Dunbar Toll Bridge
By Heath Harrison
July 7, 2013


It’s a “Remember When” double feature this week.

First up:

Everyone still calls it the Dunbar Toll Bridge, even though fares haven’t been collected from motorists crossing the span since early 1983.

The bridge carries W.Va Route 25 across the Kanawha River from Dunbar to Spring Hill. Completion of the bridge’s construction was completed in 1953.

The first half of this week’s video, courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives at the Culture Center, contains an April 8, 1983 WCHS report from Sarah Oates, in which merchants at the Dunbar Village shopping center discuss what effects the removal of the tolls will have on business (Look for the old Murphy Mart store in the clip.).


Our older, pre-cell phone viewers can remember a time when contraptions known as payphones used to dot the West Virginia landscape.

The second half of the video, features a November 9, 1984 WCHS report from a young Bob Aaron discussing the proposed C&P rate hike which was set to increase phone bills. One of the concerns for consumers was that the price of a pay phone call would increase from 10 cents to a quarter.

Remember When: April 8, 1983 - Last Fares For The Dunbar Toll Bridge

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