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Godwin-King Covered Bridge 01-63-02x


Photo taken by Ben Tate in December 2011


BH Photo #222509


Lost Through truss bridge over Black Warrior River on Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Destroyed by fire
Built 1834; Burned by Union Army April 5, 1865
Through truss
Also called
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.21456, -87.57301   (decimal degrees)
33°12'52" N, 87°34'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446601/3675219 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 01-63-02x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 50721 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Added category "Civil War"
  • December 27, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Added categories "Black Warrior River", "Civil War"



Godwin-King Covered Bridge
Posted December 27, 2011, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Horace King, a former slave, formed the King Brothers Bridge Company in the 19th century. There was no relation to the other King Bridge Company, although strangely enough, the King Iron Bridge Company built an iron bridge in this same location in 1882. I just wanted to post an excerpt from his Wikipedia article that I found pretty amazing:

"In 1849, the Alabama State Capitol burned, and King was hired to construct the framework of the new capitol building, as well as design and build the double spiral entry staircases. King used his knowledge of bridge-building to cantilever the stairs' support beams so that the staircases appeared to "float", without any central support."

That's pretty amazing for a man who was still a slave just 3 years earlier.

I attached one of my photos of it. Here is a link to a HABS photo that shows a different angle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alabama-State-Capitol-spiral-staircase.jpg)

I strongly suggest you read his Wikipedia entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_King_%28architect%29