2 votes

Old County Rd 59 Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray in October 2014


BH Photo #333176



Abandoned pratt pony truss bridge over Choctawhatchee River on an abandoned alignment of AL 56
Dale County, Alabama
Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.37408, -85.52366   (decimal degrees)
31°22'27" N, 85°31'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/640393/3472002 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 59624 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,411)
Alabama (930)
Dale County, Alabama (8)
Pony truss (15,816)
Pratt pony truss (3,521)
Pratt truss (8,909)
Truss (31,635)

Update Log 

  • July 19, 2015: New photos from James McCray
  • February 8, 2014: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Old County Rd 59 Bridge
Posted July 7, 2017, by Kenneth Mcdonald (kennethmcdonald3393 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yes I might be able to help you on this I was born in this area and have lived up the road on 59 my entire life and my family has lived around here since the 1840s. We have always known it as Adam's Mill I am familiar with current bridge the iron bridge was supposedly built in the early 1900s and there was a wooden bridge in the area upriver went across both the metal and older bridges in the late 60s and early 70s on school bus and if I remember correctly the older bridge had no rails older wooden bridge was washed away by flooding sometimes in the 70s the road first started on old wooden bridge to the mill was dirt and called Adam's Mill road next road was the metal bridge going to the mill then current 59 bridge built later and road bypassed both the bridges old road formerly went from Mill to Bagwell's Crossroad and to the old hotel off in the woods between the mill and Bagwell's Crossroads motel burnt down in the 1980s county gave back land to former owners now is private property last time we went down it before it got closed to the public there was an old barn a livery stable right across from the motel location still standing in the curve there used to be another mill in this area on Dale County 67 called Preston's Mill and another at Brown's Crossroads on 27 one of my great grandfather's owned he supposedly lost it in a poker game and burnt it down he was found dead a little down the road with a whiskey bottle of kerosene who knows family history there used to be an old concrete dam under the old 27 river bridge that blew out in 1920s near the new bridge parts of the old dam are near the new bridge old millstone was stolen recently sadly you can contact me at this email or my wife's elizabeth.belflower@gmail.com if you would like me to look into my family history about this ask around about this I will try to see what I can find out for you

Old County Rd 59 Bridge
Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

photo 9 is very interesting.

Old County Rd 59 Bridge
Posted July 20, 2015, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice pics James. THX for your dedication in documenting these old bridges in your area......

Old County Rd 59 Bridge
Posted February 12, 2014, by Zachary S

These are neat finds. Judging by appearance, it looks like they have been abandoned for a rather long time.