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Cemetery Street Bridge

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Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in December 2010

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BH Photo #189728

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Be careful...you might get run out 

Written by Eddie Douthitt

On December 2nd, 2010 while I was there taking pictures of this bridge, a rather surly man came driving up in a black Toyota truck and told me that no one was allowed to take pictures in the cemetery. I explained that all I wanted was pics of the bridge but he said NO pictures were allowed period and that I needed to move on. I had already got enough pics to use and we left shortly afterwards. Several cars came through while I was there leading me to believe that it was a public street. I started to give him one of the legal rights of photographers flyers that was posted on here not long ago but Melissa said I would just be wasting my time. According to the cemetery website, photography is permitted with permission with the sexton, which admittedly I did not get as we didn't see anybody at the office when we drove in. First place I've ever had this happen at but have a feeling it won't be the last.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Oconee River on Cemetery Street
Location
Clarke County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1899
Builder
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 209.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Also called
Oconee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.94885, -83.36818   (decimal degrees)
33°56'56" N, 83°22'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/281149/3759010 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Athens East
Inventory numbers
GA 05950250 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 47030 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
2,720

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2016: New photos from Ben Tate
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • December 3, 2010: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt
  • November 17, 2010: Added by Eddie Douthitt

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Comments 

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted January 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Don Morrison

I wonder if the Google camera car got permission from the sexton? Looks like they drove right in.

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So I guess Google Street View is okay to photograph this bridge.

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

so more research indicates that George left the family business and started his own, that went on to become a competitor, so I was completely wrong. Will add that to the timeline. Please excuse.

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been working on some research on King Bridges. George was a family member that was put in charge of sales and based out of Des Moines. I don't think he was the Bridge Builder, which would have been King Bridge Co. I'm still trying to find out the dates when the name of the Company changed but I did read most of this on the King website in a speech by Alan King Sloan.

I'll post what I have. There seem to be some dates that don't totally jive, but still a work in progress.

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

A new paint job has the bridge looking a lot better; some nice photos accompany this article:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2011-11-28/historic-cemet...

(I guess if you are a newspaper reporter, getting photos is less of a problem).

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted August 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This cemetery seems to be an unusual cemetery and it appears to be run by a private group and the bridge appears to be under their ownership, which would explain the flak that was given when photos were taken. It is however stupid since I fail to see the value of restricting photography here.

For what its worth, they are looking to restore the bridge:

http://athens.patch.com/articles/friends-of-oconee-hill-cros...

Cemetery Street Bridge
Posted December 3, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice bridge Eddie! This is the fanciest G.E.King bridge I have seen as far as the plaques and cresting go.

I am guessing since this is so close to the university, that maybe they have had problems with unruly students around there. Then again with a ADT count that high....sounds like a public street to me!