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Tallahatchie Covered Bridge 01-08-03x

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Description 

The Tallahatchee Covered Bridge was built over Tallasseehatchee Creek (also called Tallahatchee Creek) by county bridge builder Jim P. Nunnally, with the help of Mose A. Prickett, on what is now Old Sulphur Springs Road southeast of Wellington (Coordinates 334857.48N 855223.54W (33.815959, -85.873202))...a couple miles off U.S. Route 431. This was about 23 miles (37 kilometers) southwest of the current location. Concrete piers were added to support the bridge in 1908. The covered bridge was open to motor vehicle traffic, primarily for local farm use, until a modern low hip steel bridge bypassed it in 1954. Having high tourist potential due to its unique construction, the Tallahatchee Covered Bridge was semi-preserved by the Calhoun County Commission although it had slowly decayed over the years due to its remote location and lack of public concern. A deed offer was made to both the Alabama Historical Commission and the Calhoun County Historical Society, but it wasn't until 21 years later when the bridge once again had significant interest. In early September 1975, the Tallahatchee Covered Bridge was moved by tractor trailer from Wellington to Piedmont and placed in a pasture near Nances Creek to become part of a reconstructed pioneer village and Appalachian crafts center. Brothers Larry K. Martin and Stanley M. Martin, formerly of Anniston, Alabama, purchased the bridge for their Nances Creek Restoration Project on an 80-acre tract along Choccolocco Mountain. The bridge would eventually span a pond in front the creek once completed. No information about the Tallahatchee Covered Bridge after the move nor of its continued existence is mentioned. It is most likely that this bridge is no longer extant. [Wikipedia]

Facts 

Overview
Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge over Nances Creek on Private Road
Location
Calhoun County, Alabama
History
Built 1900; Moved 1975
Builders
- Jim P. Nunnally
- Mose A. Prickett
Design
Multiple Kingpost through truss and town lattice through truss combination
Dimensions
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Also called
Prickett Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.88789, -85.62596   (decimal degrees)
33°53'16" N, 85°37'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/627060/3750575 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Piedmont NW
Inventory numbers
WGCB 01-08-03x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 60612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 7, 2014: Added by Dave King

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