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Hurricane Bridge, shown on maps of Virginia as early as 1811, was located about one mile north of the present Putnam County community of Hurricane. The James River & Kanawha Turnpike crossed the creek, but it was too deep for the stagecoach and other conveyances to ford, so a sturdy bridge was built. A small community grew up near the bridge. This painting of a stagecoach making its way to Hurricane Bridge is one of a half-dozen colorful murals that decorate buildings in downtown Hurricane.

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