Who doesn’t know about the state’s most famous span?

It’s an engineering marvel that’s also beloved for its beauty and grace, as well as strength.

Hard to believe, but the New River Gorge Bridge is now 40 years old.

So many folks have documented its beauty over the decades, and it is easy to see why.

Season by season, photos tell this story.

And help us all remember how much this bridge means to West Virginia.

Want to celebrate? Join thousands of others Saturday for the 2017 Bridge Day.

Photo courtesy Vintage West Virginia and Wendell Pugh, photographer unknown

Photo courtesy Vintage West Virginia and Wendell Pugh

Making progress on construction, circa 1975.

Photo courtesy Vintage West Virginia and Roger Mackey

Photo courtesy Vintage West Virginia and Roger Mackey

Building the bridge continued to be an amazing engineering feat.

Photo courtesy Jason Lemley Photography

Photo courtesy Jason Lemley Photography

In the end, a beautiful new piece of infrastructure clings to the mountainous terrain.

Bridge Photo 4

Photo courtesy Vintage West Virginia

Everyone wants to be part of the fun in those early days after construction is finished in 1977.

Photo courtesy Linda Turman Photography

Photo courtesy Linda Turman Photography

But in the end it comes together beautifully, from any angle.

Bridge Photo 6

Photo courtesy of Tim Naylor

Bridge Day is a popular annual event that attracts hundreds of BASE jumpers who leap from the bridge, as well as thousands of spectators eager to watch.

Photo courtesy Randall Sanger Photography

Photo courtesy Randall Sanger Photography

Spring is beautiful under the bridge.

Photo courtesy Thomas Dean Photography

Photo courtesy Thomas Dean Photography

There’s no place else to be in summer.

Photo courtesy MP Photography

Photo courtesy MP Photography

Fall never disappoints.

Photo courtesy Paula Horton

Photo courtesy Paula Horton

Snow brings a special charm.

Photo courtesy Chad Forman Photography

Photo courtesy Chad Forman Photography

A double rainbow over the bridge means extra good luck for all who see it.

Photo courtesy Chad Forman Photography

Photo courtesy Chad Forman Photography

Nearly sunset after a storm rolled through the gorge.

Bridge Photo 13

Photo courtesy Thomas R. Fletcher

Function and beauty, all rolled into one amazing bridge.

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