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Bellamy Bridge



Photo taken by James McCray in June 2013


BH Photo #256923



For a complete history see: http://www.bellamybridge.org/history.html The ghost story is here: https://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/bellamybridge


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Chipola River on an abandoned section of Bellamy Bridge Rd
Jackson County, Florida
Presently closed and without deck, but plans call for it to be rehabbed for the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Built 1914 by the Converse Bridge Co.
- Converse Bridge Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Pratt through truss
Total length: 119.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.86599, -85.25143   (decimal degrees)
30°51'58" N, 85°15'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/667174/3416059 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cottondale East
Inventory number
BH 48099 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1914 (829)
Built during 1910s (9,883)
Closed (2,735)
Converse Bridge Co. (15)
Florida (679)
Haunted (37)
Jackson County, Florida (7)
Owned privately (1,870)
Pratt through truss (5,867)
Pratt truss (10,009)
Preserved (1,219)
Through truss (16,247)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,286)
Truss (34,676)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2015: New photos from Lee Smith
  • June 21, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • February 11, 2011: Added by James McCray



Bellamy Bridge
Posted October 1, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great pic John!

Yes, most of us here are very familiar with this beauty and just how important it is. We just need to convince the powers that be in Florida to preserve it.

Bellamy Bridge
Posted October 1, 2020, by Luke

It's already added to the site, and we had an issue where a troll lied about it being destroyed by flooding: https://bridgehunter.com/fl/lafayette/drew/

Drew Railroad Trestle
Posted October 1, 2020, by John Darnell (hotrod325w [at] aol [dot] com)

You might be interested in the Drew Railroad Trestle in Mayo, Fl

This trestle is a part of Florida history that needs to be saved.

Bellamy Bridge
Posted May 2, 2014, by Nels Raynor (bachsteel [at] me [dot] com)

What a perfect setting and a bridge that we at BACH specialize in

So if you want it to look untouched please allow us to help in restoring her we wouldn't let you down and the bridge would capture all it's formal glory without a bunch of welded plate and A325 bolts ....rivets and care

Bellamy Bridge
Posted May 1, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

News of the weird:


This is a Chinese American news organization, I'm not sure if the audience is here or China.

Good news! Bellamy Bridge to be rehabilitated and incorperated into the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Posted June 21, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is now apart of the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail, which means it will be preserved, rehabbed, and open to the public once again! The trail itself is now open so one can walk to the bridge. For more info see: http://www.bellamybridge.org/index.html

For now, see the never before seen photos of the bridge!

Bellamy Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think RE is pretty much spot on with his assessment.

The light eyebars hanging down for the first set of verticals suggest a pin-connected truss is what we have here. I would say that ca.1900 is indeed a good guess and that this span likely isn't older than 1915 at the latest.

Not many truss bridges in the Sunshine State, so this is a nice find!

Bellamy Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would say it looks like a bridge that would have been built for automobiles, probably around the year 1900.

Bellamy Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Alyssa McManus (alyssamcmanus [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know the date of construction for this bridge? Was it a rail bridge?