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Ghost Bridge

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Ghost Bridge - Built 1912

Photo taken by Ben Tate

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Description 

This bridge is said to be haunted, hence its name.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cypress Creek on CR 282 in Florence
Location
Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Status
Demolished
History
Built 1912; Closed 1996; Demolished 2013
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 301.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Also called
Jackson Ford Bridge
Cypress Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.84284, -87.73390   (decimal degrees)
34°50'34" N, 87°44'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/432902/3855860 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Florence
Inventory numbers
AL 61 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36072 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/1991)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
210

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2013: Updated by Ben Tate: This bridge is in the process of being demolished.
  • January 14, 2013: Updated by Ben Tate: This bridge is now doomed
  • December 7, 2012: New photos from Will Corey
  • November 30, 2012: New photos from Ben Tate
  • November 29, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added "official" name as altername.
  • October 11, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • January 31, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Fixed GPS position

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Ghost Bridge - Facebook Page
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Ghost Bridge
Posted October 24, 2013, by ben demars (bdemars [at] aucosiscoschool [dot] org)

wow. that's all I have to say about this bridge. wow.

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 28, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

LOL! That will do, but we better have enough for those who have fought to save the bridge but whose attempts fell on deaf ears of the county! ;-)

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 27, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Agreed. So how 'bout a Level A Hazmat suit? Will it be strong enough for the deep piles of... of... crud?

(Image from Kapper of a Zytron suit http://www.kappler.com/products/zytron_500.asp)

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Ghost Bridge
Posted January 26, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This makes me really sick! I think it's even too much for the toilet! ;-P

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 26, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I think this is too much for the little brown barf bag...

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 26, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

"Before" shot and the sickening "after" shot of Ghost Bridge from the same location.

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Ghost Bridge
Posted January 15, 2013, by Joel Wyman (jwyman2242 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Why why why? Does anybody today have any common sense to save something this rare and historical? What purpose is destroying this structure going to achieve? Maybe the local authorities should do there job and actually patrol these types of areas for young careless drug attics partying teens who could care a less about anything but there iPhones and getting high/drunk. How many more rare old historical bridges do we have to abolish never to be seen again before people wake up?

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 14, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I wonder why they suddenly rush to take it down right as a preservation group gets involved...must not want to deal with someone getting in the way of removing their "liability"

Ghost Bridge
Posted January 14, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

"The Lauderdale County Commission has voted to accept a contract to demolish the Ghost Bridge. The vote was taken at their meeting this morning." -per Facebook page

This bridge has been closed for 16 years. It has been a "liability" for the county the entire time, yet all of a sudden they're in a rush to demolish it. It was announced in December that they were accepting bids for demolition. A large movement to save the bridge began, and they gave it a "stay of execution." Less than a month later, they have already accepted a contract for demolition.

Goodbye "Ghost Bridge"

You will be missed. :(

Taken Christmas Day 2012:

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Ghost Bridge
Posted November 30, 2012, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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Ghost Bridge
Posted November 30, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Please sign this petition to save this historic bridge. Thank you.

https://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-ghost-bridge

Ghost Bridge
Posted November 30, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A Facebook page was started for this bridge yesterday. It already had 640 likes. Hopefully we can save this bridge.

Ghost Bridge
Posted November 30, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unless they block off this road well before the bridge, this area will still be very accommodating to people who want to "party", dump trash, or whatever else they want to do. It is at a dead end at the bottom of a hill, around a curve, with plenty of room to park. This is the oldest through truss bridge in Lauderdale county. It is one of the main reasons I began bridge hunting. It started my fascination with historic bridges. Florence has been good about preserving historical structures. Maybe they'll relocate this bridge to a park. They brought life back to this bridge not too long ago: http://bridgehunter.com/al/lauderdale/old-railroad/

Ghost Bridge
Posted November 29, 2012, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Typical. Blame the bridge. Not the idiots doing illegal things out in the woods. Do they think removing the bridge will stop people from doing drugs? Good luck with that.

Ghost Bridge
Posted November 29, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ridiculous to just "throw away" a piece of local history like it's a bag of trash! They need to explore other options as well...but it appears they are too short-sighted to do so.

Ghost Bridge
Posted November 29, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unfortunately this 100 year old bridge in my home town may be doomed.

http://timesdaily.com/.../Ghost-bridge-may-come-down,199365?...

Cypress Creek Bridge
Posted January 31, 2010, by T.L. Foster (terryfoster4u [at] gmail [dot] com)

Named Ghost Bridge by locals, it is said to have been the site for several lynchings and four murders. Strange lights and apparitions have been reported over the years even by horse and buggy passer-bys. The bridge is closed to vehicles, but the structure is still quite sound and has been saved by the Historical Society.