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Blackwell Bridge

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Relocation Info 

From the NPS website

One engineering structure and two buildings from a domestic farm which would have been covered by the Russell Lake were relocated to preserve their historic characteristics. Blackwell Bridge, built in 1917, has been preserved as a part of a pedestrian trail crossing the lake within Coldwater State Park in Georgia. Army engineers from Fort Stewart, in cooperation with the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, attached flotation devices to the bridge and towed it to its new site in 1984. Relocated from its previous site on Beaverdam Creek, the bridge exhibits important features of the American system of pin connections. It is the largest remaining steel truss bridge in Elbert County, Ga.

Note: Coldwater Creek State Park was the original name, it was changed to the Richard B. Russell State Park in 1988.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over inlet of Richard B. Russell Lake on Blackwell Bridge Trail
Location
Elbert County, Georgia
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Was originally on County Road 244, relocated to state park in 1984
Builder
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas Texas/Atlanta, Georgia
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 157.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.15951, -82.74023   (decimal degrees)
34°09'34" N, 82°44'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/339585/3781210 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lowndesville
Inventory number
BH 47265 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2015: New photos from Andy Peters
  • December 8, 2010: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt

Sources 

  • Eddie Douthitt - eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net
  • HAER
  • Andy Peters - anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com