Everything is Not as it Seems
One would never know that this is an arch bridge unless one takes a peek underneath the bridge.
Photo taken by James McCray
BH Photo #203570
This bridge was closed in 1988. For several years, the arch was clearly visible from the new bridge.
drove past this bridge 05/07/16 next time i will stop.
oh man! had i known about this bridge, i would have stopped on my way to and from birmingham. i sometimes took the old 78 route just so i could see parts of the old bankhead hwy.
My father said a guy was killed here while building this bridge. He called it Tucker's Gulch. On east at Mallard Creek just before Walker County is its twin span, way in the woods south of the current hwy 118 newer bridge. Then on up the hill on the old road we would stop and have a picnic on the old roadside table park just inside Walker County. Fun on the way to the big city of Jasper in the 60's!
My 86-year-old father discovered this bridge while he was out hiking around! He couldn't wait to show it to me...and I have to say, it is very cool!
I found this wonderful jewel of a bridge and just thought it was a boring abandoned concrete stringer, but lo and behold, I just happened to take a look underneath and I found the open spandrel arches. I would have never known this by just looking at the upper part of the bridge.