Great Stone Viaduct watercolor completed

THE THIRD in a series of watercolor prints related to the Great Stone Viaduct, Bellaire, has been completed, and it features the Columbus Day Express leaving Bellaire.

Painted by Joanne Cochran Sullivan, the new watercolor joins Sullivan’s “The Last Train” and “Under the Arches.”

The newest watercolor is free to all charter and sustaining members of the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society and will be distributed soon. It also is available for purchase by the public by contacting the GSV Society at 304-242-0022 or 740-676-2743. Email requesting information regarding the series of prints should be sent to

An 8 by 10-inch watercolor costs $15 while one measuring 11 by 14 is $25 and a 16 by 20 print costs $35. Each size comes matted and ready for framing.

Anyone who wishes to get the entire watercolor series in the 8 by 10 size can order all for a cost of $40.

According to the historical marker related to the landmark: “Construction of this Great Stone Viaduct began in 1870 at Union Street as an Ohio approach to the railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. It was completed to Rose Hill in April 1871, and the entire bridge span connecting Ohio to West Virginia, of which the Viaduct is a part, was opened to rail traffic on June 21, 1871.

Jointly constructed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Central Ohio Railroad, its sandstone piers rise in varying heights 10 to 20 feet above the streets, from which are placed 43 stone arches supported by 37 ring stones (18 on each side of a keystone) intended to symbolize a united Union consisting of 37 states. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, this Ohio River crossing became known as the ‘Great Shortline to the West.'”