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Posted December 4, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

1974 photo

Posted December 3, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

Photos of Brushy Creek trestle taken in 1974 with train crossing.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

I've attached an article about my grandfather's death and completing railroad.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a tragedy. These accounts really illustrate the danger in building these massive structures. Many people lost their lives building some of our favorite bridges. One must respect the labor and craftsmanship behind these structures.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

My Grandfather David W Pelfrey fell to his death from the Brushy Creek viaduct during construction 8 October 1907.

Posted November 10, 2017, by Anonymous

Please post it.

Posted November 10, 2017, by Dave (DD) Phillips (julesrules4fun [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a 1916 picture of this bridge on opening day 1916

Posted October 26, 2017, by Willie Williams (gabigwill [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have some pictures of the old mill that was there originally Popes Mill later Snellgroves

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice find. Iíll have to see it this winter.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Bill Robinson (modeltt [at] msn [dot] com)

This is a great back roads type bridge to explore. I cross it several times a year in my Model T. Here is a YouTube video of the old bridge in a 1926 Model T Tudor Sedan.

https://youtu.be/Q9VtPc__8aQ

Posted September 18, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

from what i read, this bridge will be a walking track. Yay!

Posted September 18, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i remember this bridge.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe it is correct that this bridge was built around 1951 but the original bridge was about 50 feet upstream. The columns from the old bridge are still there. They line up with the old road that turns off to the left just before this bridge. Both fell to the south; one set is in the river and the other is buried on the far side.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The east end of this bridge was down in the 70's, not sure when it fell.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

I have a model railroad book, which I believe is a collection of magazine articles, which describes this bridge and gives a detailed diagram and modeling instructions using the actual bridge's measurements. I have reason to believe that the current bridge here is the third at this location, with this being the first. I also believe that there may be at least one pier or abutment still extant from the 1887 bridge on the hill alongside the current span.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Just as a matter of semantics, should we really list this one as lost? Yes, it was almost totally destroyed by the tornado in spectacular fashion and is perhaps worthy of being in said category, but then again, with some original piers still standing and the rest replaced by very similar replacement spans built in a very similar manner, perhaps it's better to list it as reconstructed or renovated rather than lost? The Kinzua bridge suffered a similar fate and I believe it's not listed as lost.

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

Posted July 5, 2017, by Zachary S

I noticed it was closed, and to be frank, I am SO glad it's because an idiot broke some railings and crashed into the creek and not because they are trying to replace it, like they have with the vast majority in this county. The articles make it sound like the county really wants to repair it and keep it open which is terrific, but they need the funds for a new guardrail.

Now if only some jackass doesn't come in with a blowtorch and tear beams off for scrap metal while it's closed like I'm told they did on Smith Chapel Road...

Posted June 27, 2017, by Sandy Parker (parker959575 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Eastern Valley Road Bridge in McCalla, AL was repaired a couple of years ago. The traffic count now (2017) is very high as Easter Valley Rd remains the primary detour route of I-59/20. Thank you for your hard work!

Posted June 18, 2017, by James Edward Daugherty (doddy404 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have pictures of the last train to cross this structure, it was a CSX engine with a bright future paint scheme pulling a long line of cars, I am trying to find info on exact date and what the engine name and # was, as well as the engineer at the time.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Some idiot drove off this bridge... damaged the railing and maybe more...

http://mountaineagle.com/stories/historic-one-lane-bridge-cl...

Posted June 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just love the Log "Headache Bar" that looks like it should have a sign hanging down proclaiming "Welcome to Camp Wanna Hocka Loogi!"

I presume they feel that any vehicle taller than that is too heavy to cross.

Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Available:

http://opelikaobserver.com/2017/05/announcement-of-availabil...

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABILITY OF

HISTORIC BRIDGE

May 25, 2017

Lee County in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposes the replacement of a bridge that has been determined to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.† For various reasons, the bridge is not planned to be preserved in place.† The bridge is located on Lee Road 014 over Choctafaula Creek in Lee County, Alabama.

As stipulated in section 123(f)(4) of the surface Transportation Act of 1987 and the Memorandum of Agreement with the Alabama Historical Commission, Lee County is announcing the availability of this bridge.† The structure will be donated to the appropriate recipients and Lee County, FHWA and ALDOT will pay the expense of moving the bridge and associated reestablishment costs up to the expense of bridge demolition.† For this service the recipient will agree to preserve the historical integrity of the bridge and to properly maintain the structure.

The bridge is a one-lane metal Warren Pony Truss bridge constructed in 1930.† Presently the bridge has a National Bridge inventory System Sufficiency Rating of 21.9.† The bridge is rated as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.† The structure is 80 feet in length and carries one lane of traffic with a lane width of 12.0 feet.

Any potential recipient interested in further information concerning acquisition of this bridge, please provide a written request within 14 days of the placement of the advertisement to:

Joey Hundley

Special Projects

Coordinator

Lee County

PO Box 1007

Opelika, AL 36803-1007

Legal run 5/31/17, 6/7/17, 6/14/17 & 6/21/17

Posted April 24, 2017, by Suzy (Evans_suzy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I live"around the bend". This is the community there. I have used this this bridge almost daily my whole life!! It was washed out for about three years, not washed out but a tree took it down and it was not repaired for years! It was annoying too!!! It used to have a higher ramp on one end. They did straighten it out some when it was rebuilt. It needs to be redone again😍

Posted April 24, 2017, by Suzy (Evans_suzy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I live"around the bend". This is the community there. I have used this this bridge almost daily my whole life!! It was washed out for about three years, not washed out but a tree took it down and it was not repaired for years! It was annoying too!!! It used to have a higher ramp on one end. They did straighten it out some when it was rebuilt. It needs to be redone again😍

Posted April 23, 2017, by Jennifer Davidson (Joel_jennifer [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My family's land is just around the curve from this bridge. The bridge didn't wash away. Some of the under footing of it was comprised. Only one end had a part that sloped down, and when it would flood that part would float. When they made the repairs to it is when they took out the end that slopes down since the end only sit on top of the pavement.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Wayne Jones (1wayne1jones [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drive a school bus thru this tunnel on a daily bases with students aboard. My question is, are they any current bridge inspection results that are available? Due to cracked concrete, and the visible appearance of concrete that has fallen from roof, I do not pass under bridge if a train is passing over. Which defeats the purpose of having a tunnel. Your help would be most appreciated.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Wayne Jones (1wayne1jones [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drive a school bus thru this tunnel on a daily bases with students aboard. My question is, are they any current bridge inspection results that are available? Due to cracked concrete, and the visible appearance of concrete that has fallen from roof, I do not pass under bridge if a train is passing over. Which defeats the purpose of having a tunnel. Your help would be most appreciated.

Posted February 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Bridge was replaced in 2015. Needs to be updated to lost

Posted February 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

William thanks so much for taking care of the bridge, More photos always welcome. I'm sure some one would add photos to main page if permission was available from you. Thanks again

Posted February 5, 2017, by William Allcorn (Pokemon241392 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hello! Out of curiosity I searched the creek name and found this page - I live within walking distance from here! Infact, I'm the one who cleared the detritus off of it after the flood. That's why the picture from last year shows the top completely clear. I couldn't get much of the junk out from the beams underneath it though. It's just a special place to me and I knew no one else was going to do it, and I didn't want the boards to molder. I guess I don't really have much to add, though for trivia's sake I'll add it was closed BEFORE the floods. That's why the guard rails put up to stop traffic are washed out.

Anyway, have a good day!

P.S. - Here's two of the pictures I took of the flood damage, I have more but I didn't wanna spam the page with all of them!

Posted January 7, 2017, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was definitely the Big Bayou Canot in 1993.

Amtrak's worst accident [47 lives lost, I believe].

Posted December 15, 2016, by Don Crider (cricon [at] cableone [dot] net)

The Southside bridge with the swing span was opened in the mid 1970's for inspection, then closed and welded shut. I regret that I didn't take pictures, but I did get to see it.

Posted December 12, 2016, by Tim Legg (kc0ofc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed in 1988. For several years, the arch was clearly visible from the new bridge.

Posted November 20, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

would this not be considered bankhead highway?

Posted October 31, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The adjacent piers were the original ones from 1955. The bridge was moved in July 1982 because the original piers were deteriorating.

The lacing seems somewhat anachronistic for 1955.

The old topo shows the former bridge crossing to the north.

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

anyone went underwater to investigate?

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

me too!

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

wow very interesting!!!

Posted September 1, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Rehabilitation or even restoration would be preferred.

Posted August 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

more history on this bridge would be nice.

Posted August 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

hope replacement is started soon.

Posted August 26, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge turns to let boats pass. The Coast Guard can tell you how to request an opening.

Posted August 26, 2016, by Randall Lambeth (guntersville [at] att [dot] net)

how do people get around trestle on bayou sara with boat

Posted August 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the old duncan bridge is 100ft below this bridge.if the lake is ever drained, that would be a sight to see.

Posted August 18, 2016, by dave phillips (julesrules4fun [at] gmail [dot] )

We hang out there at the old bridges. Central of Georgia Historical Society sent me some of their news letters that show the bridges in use with steam engines going across. They show the stone bridge being dismantled and the concrete bridge being built in 1944-1945.

Posted July 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

great find!

Posted July 25, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think this bridge may still be there, looking at the street view it looks like there is something hiding in the weeds.

Posted July 24, 2016, by John Barron (barron1951 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is on Pigeon Creek,not the Sepulga River it is mislabeled on Google map. Bull Slough bridge over the Sepulga is still in operation today it is an old railroad bridge built the early 1900's converted to a highway bridge.

Posted July 20, 2016, by Rebecca (rebeccainphoenix [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you so much for posting these pictures! We used to cross it all the time when visiting family in the area. Can you imagine 9 people in an old Ford Mustang crossing that bridge in the 1970s and 1980s? I've been trying to find a way to see it again for years, but with limited time in the area, I never seem to have time to pull off and find it again.

Posted July 15, 2016, by Anthony (ant_1_1999 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow! I saw this bridge last year in October, while headed to DC on Amtrak. I was wondering about its origin. Great looking!!!!

Posted July 15, 2016, by Anonymous

This bridge crosses Oakmulgee Creek, not Cahaba River.

Posted July 13, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here are some pictures taken from 2001. The pics are of my friends when we took a trip to the Trussell. One can see the steep sides of the bridge approaches. The bridge is still there and probably will outlast our lifetimes.

Posted July 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That was my theory as well. This is a great find!

Posted July 11, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The pinned Pratt pony could very well date to 1896... Hence the stone abutments. Probably lost the other span to a flood or accident and then it was replaced with the riveted Polygonal Warren... Just a theory!

Posted July 11, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You can post them in the comments, or you can create an editor account and add them to the rest of the photos.I look forward to seeing them!!

Posted July 10, 2016, by Hope Evans (globhoppr5 [at] gmail [dot] com )

How do we add photos? My cousin owns the property next to this bridge and I have excellent pics of it...looking at it from the middle of the creek!

Also, there is a date of 1896 on the bridge base! I'm pretty sure I have a photo of it.

Thanks!

Posted July 6, 2016, by Irran Butler (ibutler656 [at] comcast [dot] net)

If you're interested in learning the story of how the bridge came to be haunted, check this interesting web site. "http://themoonlitroad.com/haunted-bridge-lookout-mountain-al...

Posted June 3, 2016, by Anonymous

It's not completely gone. They only blasted a portion of it. The rest is to be demolished on the 9th. And the blasting took place today, the 3rd.

Posted May 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton (cacher [at] mail [dot] com)

Two photos related to the bridge. One is plaque showing the bridge designer. The other historical marker photo notes what happened on 'Bloody Sunday'.

Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i believe the bridge is still there, too.

Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i visited this bridge a few weeks ago. i saw all the damage from the flooding. the bridge is now closed to traffic with barriers on each end. i will try to post pics.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

ok. i just saw your post. seems as tho i don't get notifications when someone posts a comment after mine.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

pics of this would be nice.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

drove past this bridge 05/07/16 next time i will stop.

Posted May 11, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

drove past this bridge Saturday. 05/07/16

Posted May 2, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't believe that it's Big Bayou Canot. I've heard stories of this indecent happening but, I cannot find any records to validate them. It would explain what appears to be a support for a swing.

Posted April 29, 2016, by James F. Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

New bridge opened today. B.B. Comer Bridge is now closed and demolition is to start immediately.

http://whnt.com/2016/04/29/new-highway-35-bridge-in-scottsbo...

Posted April 27, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted April 27, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would appear this bridge was originally a swing span, the three southern supports being part of the original swing (center support of the three being the pivot). Apparently, in the 70's or 80's, part of a load either hit the bridge or the span was weak and the train derailed, fell off the swing span and into the river. The accident rendered the swing scrap and a new deck was built over the old swing supports and a new lift installed (the current lift in place). I cannot find any information on this, any insight would be appreciated.

Posted April 24, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

the google street view is taken from the adjacent rr bridge....the bridge in question is the right bridge. since street view is not available from the bridge in question i had to use the street view from the other bridge so that one can see the right bridge.

Posted April 24, 2016, by Gwen Phillips (shoganaik11rs [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge in the photos is not the bridge across RR on 723.

The road surfaces are not even the same.

Where were the photos taken at?

Posted April 16, 2016, by Michael Taylor

National Geographic posted their fantastic Seconds from Disaster episode on this disaster, on their official youtube channel. https://youtu.be/sJMOghxT0AE Fog was a factor, and the bridges non functioning swing span was not only never used, it was never bolted down either.

Posted April 6, 2016, by Anonymous

Traffic may switch to new bridge this month

http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_5ba0334c-fbfb-11e5-...

Posted March 15, 2016, by Sam Yates (sd-yates [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I grew up with this bridge and railroad. My father, Dewitt Yates was the engineer for the B. & S.E. RR. I have walked across this bridge many times, especially during the hunting season. We had a year's permit from Ben Walker, the owner of the land on the Macon County side of the river. Every Sunday for years I would make a run with my dad in a motorized passenger car for a mail pickup from the Central of Georgia at Milstead. I do not ever recall anyone ever using this bridge as a jumping platform as the river at this point was too shallow and the bridge to far above the river. However, there was another bridge below Milstead on a back road that passed over a creek and swimming hole and was used as a jumping platform. The railroad went defunct and the tracks were torn up and sold for scrap. The steam locomotive 200, was sold to an excursion line in Vermont. I happened to see a program about trains on the Rural Network several years ago that featured the 200. The other steam locomotive, the 227 was wrecked when some still unknown person threw a switch sending the engine downhill and up to the cab in a creek bank. This locomotive was cut up for scrap. Luckily none of the crew was injured when the wreck occurred.

Posted March 14, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I checked that link, and the included documentatation includes a signed Memorandum of Agreement that states that the historic bridge will be bypassed and preserved. Directly from the MOA:

The historic, concrete open-spandrel arch bridge over the west fork of the Little River will be left in place and a new bridge constructed downstream. To facilitate this, the ALDOT will transfer the existing SR-117 bridge over the West Fork of the Little River to the State Historic Preservation Office. The property transfer will be effective upon property release by ALDOT after completion of all new construction and detour activities. The property transfer will include all responsibility for maintenance and liability.

Posted March 14, 2016, by Anonymous

Bridge is scheduled for replacement. Such a shame!

http://rp.dot.state.al.us/SR117/

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

another jewel saved thanks to the utility department.

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

yet another saved bridge due to a utility pipe line.

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge looks like it's been abandoned longer 14 years.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

such a shame it's left to rust away.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Kristina Ostberg (kmostberg [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took a few pictures of this bridge today. I plan on returning with hiking boots so I can get pictures of the structure but that was not an option today.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

thanks for the pics! i would like to see this one.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Kristina Ostberg (kmostberg [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took a few pictures of this bridge today. I plan on returning with hiking boots so I can get pictures of the structure but that was not an option today.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It is. I parked where it was blocked and walked.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

John H Bankhead was the father of good roads. He was able to get federal dollars appropriated to fund the Bankhead Highway that runs from Washington DC to San Diego CA. He was from Jasper AL.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

photo 9 is very interesting.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wonder why the bridge isn't blocked off?

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the renovation looks awesome!

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i hate kudzu lol

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

love hwy 78 and bankhead hwy history

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

looks like a makeshift bridge. they used spare parts from a metal scrap pile.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i agree. i hate to see them go!

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

how do you see the satellite view?

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

as many times i have been up 247 going to florence, i have not noticed this bridge. i will pay better attention next time.