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Old US 31 Bridge



Picture taken without flash. Very dark area due to dense overgrowth. Bridge is almost overtaken by vines and such. See other pics with flash.

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #203069


Street View 


Abandoned pratt pony truss bridge on an abandoned alignment of US 31
Verbena, Chilton County, Alabama
Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.75517, -86.51270   (decimal degrees)
32°45'19" N, 86°30'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/545646/3624250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clanton East
Inventory number
BH 49026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,335)
Alabama (903)
Built 1917 (613)
Built during 1910s (9,240)
Chilton County, Alabama (9)
Have street view (25,399)
Pony truss (15,690)
Pratt pony truss (3,473)
Pratt truss (8,729)
Truss (31,212)
US 31 (54)
Verbena, Alabama (1)

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2015: Updated by James McCray: edited build date to reflect date according to linked article
  • September 26, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 26, 2012: Updated by James McCray: Added category "US 31"
  • September 1, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • July 2, 2011: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • The history of Verbena's old bridge - pic and history of bridge


Old US 31 Bridge
Posted January 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I wonder if this is an attempt to give some of the benefits of having outriggers attached to the verticals...but essentially an all-in-one deal.

Old US 31 Bridge
Posted January 12, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It looks like this bridge has the "splayed verticals" that are found in the pony truss approach spans of this bridge: http://www.bridgehunter.com/tn/anderson/massengill/

This is a very unusual detail.

Old US 31 Bridge
Posted January 11, 2012, by chris sharp (chris_03262003 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

some of my dad's uncles used to ride on the railings of that bridge plus its on the registry of historic places.

Old US 31 Bridge
Posted July 2, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ok, need help here. NBI data on the replacement bridge shows that the new bridge was built in 1925. So, according to NBI, this bridge has been abandoned since then. This either means that the old bridge is really old, or that the NBI is in error. Any comments will be welcome.