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Miller Covered Bridge

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Miller Covered Bridge

Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History

BH Photo #477683

Map 

Description 

From 1955 until it's collapse in July of 1963, this was the longest covered bridge in the United States. The covered bridge was 600ft long, with an additional Warren pony truss and concrete approach spans added later. The original contract price was $13,896.

The bridge was located in Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Army engineers and local historians were reportedly trying to preserve the bridge when it collapsed. Souvenir hunters removing the pegs from it may have been at least partially to blame.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Tallapoosa River on Hamlet Mill Road (SR 49)
Location
Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Status
Collapsed due to flood damage
History
Built 1907-08; Bypassed in 1955; Collapsed July 1963 from flood damage
Builder
- W.H. Wynn & Son
Design
Lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 858.0 ft.
Also called
Horseshoe Bend Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.97679, -85.74050   (decimal degrees)
32°58'36" N, 85°44'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/617691/3649418 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90129 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 2, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com