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The Trussell



This bridge is simply known as the "Trussell" to locals. The concrete arch bridge sits abandoned on the extinct Hartford and Slocomb Railroad over Hurricane Creek between Slocomb and Hartford, AL. The bridge is about 300 yards south of Coe Road, which parallels the railroad to some extent. The bridge is known for its very steep embankments.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Hurricane Creek on old Hartford and Slocomb Railroad about 300 yards south of Coe Road
Geneva County, Alabama
Built September 30, 1907 for the Central of Georgia Railway; Abandoned 1992 when Hartford & Slocomb Railroad ended service.
- Central of Georgia Railway (CG)
- Hartford & Slocomb Railroad (HS)
Closed-spandrel arch
Also called
HS - Hurricane Creek Bridge
CG - Hurricane Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.08835, -85.65150   (decimal degrees)
31°05'18" N, 85°39'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/628622/3440175 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36257 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 25, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Central of Georgia Railway"
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Hartford & Slocomb Railroad "
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 13, 2008: Updated by James McCray: "Updated gps coordinates"
  • February 11, 2008: Added by James McCray


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


The Trussell
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.

The Trussell
Posted August 26, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

"Trestle" is the correct spelling of the term described in proper American English. That said, I have absolutely no doubt that the spelling Trussel might be appropriate for this bridge as that may be a local customary spelling. A similar comparison might be Tracel de Cap-Rouge in Quebec, where Tracel isn't really a proper French translation of "Trestle" yet that is what it means in the context of that particular bridge. It appears to be an unusual spelling unique to that bridge according to Google.

A simple google search indicates that "Trussel" is properly "the upper die of an old English apparatus for striking coins by hand with a hammer"

The Trussell
Posted August 26, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Mr. Purvis,

The "Trussell" is the local name for the bridge that you correctly identified as the C. of GA (Hartford and Slocomb RR) Bridge. To answer your question, "Trussel? Is that actually a word?," Yes. It is a word. A trussel, trussell, or trestle are various spellings for a term that denotes a wooden railroad bridge. Now the bridge in question is not wooden, but instead, it is an arch bridge and that is perhaps why one would question its name. The reason for its name would go back to a local legend in which before the arch bridge was built an older wooden (trestle) bridge existed in its place. Because the first bridge was supposedly a true trussell/trestle/trussel bridge the name stuck when the newer bridge was built and has stuck ever since.

The Trussell
Posted August 25, 2015, by mark purvis (jamochashake [at] peoplepc [dot] com)

Trussel? is that actually a word? this little branch line was built by the Central of Georgia and then purchased from this rr by the H&S.

Hartford and Slocomb Railroad
Posted January 7, 2011, by Tara (ilovesweett [at] gmail [dot] com)

How does one actually get to this bridge? I made it to the t-bone of Trussell Road & Coe Road. Is there a side road off of Trussell Road? I wasn't able to drive down Trussell Rd because it was raining pretty hard and my sissy boyfriend was worried we would slide into the ditch and he would get his pretty truck dirty. He's not really a sissy most of the time but it kinda made me mad, because we live in NC and I really wanted to see this one. I just hate to waste another trip in March. Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tara