2 votes

Etowah River Bridge


Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in November 2008


BH Photo #128489

Street View 


Lost deck truss bridge over Etowah River on Western & Atlantic Railroad, stone piers are all that remains
Bartow County, Georgia
Built somtime in the 1840's, this was the bridge that The Great Locomotive Chase passed over April 12th 1862 during the Civil War, was burned and rebuilt several times during the war, used until 1954 when the railroad was rerouted over a new bridge
Wooden deck truss till sometime after the civil war, then steel deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.15434, -84.77107   (decimal degrees)
34°09'16" N, 84°46'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/705483/3781514 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38209 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,400)
Bartow County, Georgia (19)
Built during 1840s (233)
Deck truss (1,927)
Georgia (676)
Have street view (28,919)
Lost (28,544)
Lost 1954 (89)
Lost during 1950s (870)
Truss (35,508)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 10, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added coordinates
  • November 26, 2008: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • November 23, 2008: Added by Eddie Douthitt



Etowah River Bridge
Posted May 24, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

Yes, these are the original abutments and piers built by the Western and Atlantic Railroad in the late 1840's. And I really dig those "upside down" bridges too...lol

Etowah River Bridge
Posted May 23, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love those "upside-down" bridges! Do you know if the abutments were from the civil war bridge?

Etowah River Bridge
Posted May 23, 2010, by mark purvis (jamochashake [at] peoplepc [dot] com)

the original was replaced in 1947 by lessee NC&StL Ry because of army corps of engineers lake allatoona project. a major re-routing took place at this time because the corps said the original line would be inundated in places. it never came close. you have a copy of the only picture known to exist of the iron truss bridge erected on the original piers. george barnard's civil war image is the only other, when sherman's troops built one from wood.