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Old Union Crossing Covered Bridge 01-25-A


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2011


BH Photo #207708


Street View 


Old Union Crossing Bridge from east bank

Driving across the Old Union Crossing Bridge, from east to west, DeKalb County, AL

Video posted by Calvin Sneed

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Old Union Crossing Bridge, from west bank

Driving across the ole Union Crossing Bridge, from west bank to east bank, DeKalb County, AL

Video posted by Calvin Sneed

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The wooden deck of this bridge was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and was repaired in 2 years. Supports vehicle traffic, but primarily used by horseback riders from the nearby Shady Grove Dude Ranch.


Warren through truss wooden bridge over Little River, West Fork on County Road 614
De Kalb County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Original covered bridge built by Union Army in 1864, covered Kingpost truss portion moved to current location and rebuilt on existing steel cable bridge in 1972, rebuilt and restored by Jack Jones, 1980
The bridge is a wooden design of a Warren truss bridge, also with a wooden deck, built on top of a steel cable and truss foundation. It is a 3-tiered bridge, resting on two piers of iron and one of solid rock. Vertical stringers replaced the slanted stringers on the original steel cabled bridge foundation.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.53429, -85.59901   (decimal degrees)
34°32'03" N, 85°35'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/628567/3822291 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Valley Head
Inventory number
BH 49299 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Alabama (971)
Beam (15,705)
Built 1972 (87)
Built during 1970s (942)
Covered (1,647)
De Kalb County, Alabama (25)
Have street view (26,929)
Open (39,880)
Owned privately (1,720)
Through truss (15,054)
Timber stringer (4,012)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,583)
Truss (32,771)
Warren through truss (1,615)
Warren truss (6,563)

Update Log 

  • January 5, 2019: New photos from Johnny C Barrett
  • November 13, 2013: New photos from Frank Mills
  • March 4, 2013: Updated by Ben Tate: Added category "Civil War"
  • August 7, 2011: New video from Calvin Sneed
  • August 6, 2011: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Frank Mills - mills241 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Johnny C Barrett - jcarsonbarrett [at] gmail [dot] com