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Milam Bridge

Photos 

View of north side

Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in November 2008

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BH Photo #128414

Map 

Street View 

Tragedy in 1955 

Written by Eddie Douthitt

On June 20th 1955 a man named Willie Grady Cochran abducted 14 year old Patricia Ann Cook in Rome, GA. After taking her to Old Lucas Road near Mullinax Mountain, he raped then killed the young girl. Using a quilt to cover her, he then wrapped a heavy logging chain around the body, then proceeded to Milam Bridge where he parked in the middle and threw her into the river below.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned camelback through truss bridge over Etowah River on Milam Bridge Rd
Location
Euharlee, Bartow County, Georgia
Status
Abandoned with deck removed
History
Abandoned sometime in the 1970's when this section of road was closed. According to the book "History of Bartow County" published in 1933, this was built in 1887
Design
Pin connected camelback through truss
Dimensions
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.13761, -84.92481   (decimal degrees)
34°08'15" N, 84°55'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/691344/3779358 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kingston
Inventory number
BH 38203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,222)
Abandoned (3,047)
Bartow County, Georgia (18)
Built 1887 (196)
Built during 1880s (1,649)
Camelback truss (305)
Euharlee, GA (1)
Georgia (554)
Have street view (22,551)
Owned by county (18,919)
Pin-connected (3,299)
Through truss (12,945)
Truss (29,539)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 27, 2013: New photos from Mark Slaughter
  • February 20, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: History
  • February 10, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added coordinates
  • November 26, 2008: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Date
  • November 23, 2008: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt

Sources 

Comments 

Milam Bridge
Posted September 26, 2016, by Lamar (Lamarweldon [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

No, the bridge is been unaccessible since I was in my younger years. I am 33 now and looking to try and make it more accessible for new comers and travelers in this area. It's history but it will be forgotten soon if we don't clean up the area so it can be viewed as a part of our history

Milam Bridge
Posted September 12, 2014, by Lynn Rich Palmer (blppsp [at] comcast [dot] net)

My father was the focus of an intense search in 1957, with Milam Bridge as one of the Command Centers. My sister has just written a book about the mystery entitled "Rolling Waters", author Phyllis Rich Carpenter.

We sisters revisited Milam Bridge in the 1970's when it was still possible to walk across it. I am planning to take my sons and grandson back there soon. Is there a way to get close enough to the bridge safely now?

Thank you for any help in this matter.

Sincerely yours.