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Posted February 19, 2017, by Rick (Reaj2008 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is still there standing on its 100 year anniversary! Although I made sure to paddle under it quickly as it honestly looks like it could all come down at Any moment. Of course the pillars will be there for hundreds of years after the steel structure ends up in the river. The state will certainly have a clean up on their hands when it falls as the water is only like 5 feet deep on average, so the bridge fall will block the waterway.

Posted January 15, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Andrew, your photo has been added to the correct page, photo #46 here:

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/comal/150460025303019/

Thanks!

Posted January 15, 2017, by Steve Abernathy (steveabernathy88 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have a picture of this bridge dated December 1957 and don't know why is it of any interest to anyone.

Posted January 15, 2017, by Andrew

I am sorry that my comment is not on the bridge you made a comment on but i ran across a pic of the 281 guadalupe bridge from 1937 and wanted to post it on this sight can you help me get this photo to the correct spot thank you

Posted January 14, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Love it!!

Posted January 6, 2017, by le boi

i bet this bridge has a big one

Posted January 6, 2017, by le boi

le herp derp

Posted January 6, 2017, by le boi

le herp derp

Posted December 13, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beautiful bridge though... And named after a true hero who saved many lives while losing his own on the Titanic!

Posted December 13, 2016, by Kaden (kmsaprks2007 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Butt memorial bridge is funny

Posted December 12, 2016, by Scott Perry (scottgperry [at] comcast [dot] net)

I'm a model railroader and would like to see more detail shots so that I can reproduce this in scale. Would you have other shots? scottgperry@comcast.net

Posted December 5, 2016, by Zebulan Rogers (Zeb2089 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey, there is some other old bridges that are in Montgomery county, and Toombs county area. If someone is willing,

I would gladly show someone around to take pictures of them. Just for some updates of the web site.

Posted November 15, 2016, by Jeff champion (champ1964 [at] aol [dot] com)
Posted November 15, 2016, by Jeff Champion (champ1964 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge closed in 1972 when the new bridge opened about 150 yards down stream. Bethlehem Steel was the Maker of the Construction Materiel. My Cousin actually ran our Corvair Dune buggy off the bridge at the Southern entrance. He put the car in the top of a tree which gently laid the car to the center of the creek, Unharmed.

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

Posted September 20, 2016, by Gary Lineback (glineback [at] heath-lineback [dot] com)

Scheduled to be replaced in another 5 years.

Posted September 20, 2016, by Gary Lineback (glineback [at] heath-lineback [dot] com)

This bridge was just closed and refurbished again in August 2016. Members were replaced and straightened as necessary. Due to repeated impacts the cross frames were rebuilt and raised to provide over 17' of vertical clearance. A new bridge is being designed and it is to be completely replaced in another five years.

Posted September 9, 2016, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All I can say is "WOW"...

Posted September 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

"Here... Hold my beer and hand me that torch!"

Posted September 6, 2016, by Luke

Someone needs to set up an IR gate that plays the beginning lick of "Dueling Banjos" whenever someone crosses.

Posted September 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not guessing. This is by far one of the best examples of Redneck Bridge technology. The "endposts" if you can call them that are comical, they look like they are barely attached midway up.

Posted September 6, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! This is a unique little bridge! I am guessing it was probably put together by some locals who were using parts recycled from an older bridge.

Posted August 11, 2016, by Maggie (skittleswarlord [at] gmail [dot] com)

this bridge was a favourite of mine to photograph while I lived in Georgia. I always got the best shots standing in the river, well worth the wet feet!

Posted July 14, 2016, by Andrew Durden (steam [at] srmduluth [dot] org)

Ex-Southern Railway M-line, abandoned and scrapped in 1988. Line originally ran from McDonough to Columbus.

Posted July 3, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Topographic maps of the area indicate this was originally part of the Seaboard Coast Line

Posted July 2, 2016, by David Barrentine

I wish they would save this bridge, something like moving it to Cherokee Lake and use it on the walking trail.

Posted July 2, 2016, by David Barrentine

This bridge is actually over the CSX Bow Line, not Norfolk Southern, and it's a DOT bridge not a RR bridge.

Posted June 21, 2016, by Doug (rdougjenson [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anyone have any vintage photos? There are several attachment points for possible ironwork embellishment & it looks like there used to be gas lights.

Posted June 21, 2016, by Doug (rdougjenson [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anyone have any vintage photos? There are several attachment points for possible ironwork embellishment & it looks like there used to be gas lights.

Posted June 18, 2016, by Sean Blankenship (Sean_blankenship [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thy will begin construction today to raise the height of the bridge.

http://m.wtoc.com/wtoc/content/gEdL1BL4?t=Bridge

Posted May 30, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It appears to be a Luten arch bridge in fact one directly associated with Daniel Luten based on the detail at the corners of the arch rib. Refer to Jim Cooper's book about Indiana's concrete bridges for details about Luten arches.

Posted May 30, 2016, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net)

Nice find. I've lived in North Georgia all my life and never knew it was there.

Posted May 24, 2016, by Andrew Penik

Its the correct bridge. 5th Street crosses the Jefferson Davis Bridge

Posted April 15, 2016, by Dingus Milktoast (oldclymr [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited on April 15, 2016. Owner of house graciously allowed me on his property to visit the underside of bridge and creek bed. Really cool bridge though top siding is in very poor repair. Owner told me too-tall-trucks strikes the steel guards (7 feet high) frequently. Very busy, at least 50-75 cars crossed while I photographed bridge.

Posted April 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree this is very unusual for a covered bridge. And indeed very few metal truss bridges in this state have been preserved to date as well. A lot of abandoned bridges that would be great candidates for relocation, restoration, and use on a trail however.

Posted April 4, 2016, by Anonymous

This bridge is not even deficient either, it is in fair condition according to the report. This is really an atrocity, as its replacement will be an eyesore. Luckily one youtuber had the bright idea to film a drive across it http://youtu.be/oFo88nVgDKw so there is video record of it's existence as well as photographs.

Posted April 4, 2016, by Michael Taylor (Battlebotguy2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan my question is how did they let a covered bridge get into such bad shape? It does not say good things for thd state of this counties historic bridges if they let a usually favored covered bridge get to such a poor state. I truly am afraid of what condition this counties historic non covereds are in. Tbh I do not believe this county cares at all and will probably let this bridge deteriorate and collapse.

Posted March 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

such a shame something like this can't be preserved.

Posted January 21, 2016, by L toner (Elptee [at] gmail [dot] com)

It actually is above Orme Creek which empties into Clear creek about a 1/4 mile west.

Posted January 21, 2016, by L toner (Elptee [at] gmail [dot] com)

It actually is above Orme Creek which empties into Clear creek about a 1/4 mile west.

Posted January 21, 2016, by L toner (Elptee [at] gmail [dot] com)

It actually is above Orme Creek which empties into Clear creek about a 1/4 mile west.

TAG Tunnel (Georgia)
Posted January 21, 2016, by Jeremy Whitehead (submit+84044 [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Visited the tunnel on 1-20-2016. It had been raining all day and there were numerous spots on the interior where the water had worked it's way down through the rock and was pouring like a small waterfall through the cracks in the rock. The entire interior of the tunnel is all bare, exposed rock and some of it has cracked and fallen in over the years. Nothing major, but just some broken off chunks from the roof and side walls. The North entrance has some shallow standing water that seems to be there pretty much all the time. Waterproof mud boots will be sufficient and the water only extends for about 100 feet or so into the entrance and then it's dry. At the South end, you can see that there has been past efforts to secure the ceiling and walls through the use of wire mesh rebar and concrete. I did see some rock bolts that have been there a LONG time so I'm guessing that these efforts were probably made at the end of the tunnel's useful life. The efforts looked rather half-hearted and only extended for about 100 feet into the South entrance. There is a large section of the rebar mesh that never got concreted and is coming loose from the ceiling.

It seems that many years ago, a fence was placed across the South entrance, but I'm guessing that dates from the original closing of the tunnel in the early 1980's. It is no longer there and only a few remnants of it remain.

This tunnel is quite unique and should be preserved for future generations in some fashion. There were several beer cans and old tires among other garbage left for visitors at the North entrance.

Ladd Bridge (Georgia)
Posted January 19, 2016, by Jeremy Whitehead

It's still here in 2016, although it simply continues to deteriorate. The new Dollar General store has completely obliterated any trace of the old road it used to serve. I look at this bridge, a reminder of a time long ago, every time I head into Cartersville and wonder if it will still be here the next time I go by.

Actually, I would have thought that with several metal recycling facilities in the area, that it would have been torn down and sent for recycling by now.

Posted January 19, 2016, by Andrew Penik

old road on Georgia side is now access road to boat ramp! I would also like to know if the old bridge was still there

Posted January 15, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is so weird.

Workin' Bridges was just contacted yesterday about collaborating on replying to the RFP for the future of this bridge, and here is a new photo. Thank you. The bridge has some issues, section loss at the eye bars, the conduit that ate stringers, other typical stuff, but for the purpose of pedestrians, we always suggest keeping it in place. The initial $1.1 million engineer study cost, is probably a bit on the high side for the approach and bridge, but we haven't run any numbers. We also haven't decided if we are putting our minds and backs to it. The big Atlanta engineering firms are on the case .... but if we can find just the right one to collaborate with, well one never knows. Anybody know anybody?

Posted January 14, 2016, by PJ Martin

Here is a picture that I took last week standing on the Gwinnett County side. It's so grown up now that if you didn't know where it's located, you will almost miss it.

Posted January 14, 2016, by PJ Martin

This Bridge can be seen in the 80's movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers. They drove off the river from the Forsyth County side. Pretty neat.

Posted January 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted January 2, 2016, by Dave Schmitt (dschmi [at] ix [dot] netcom [dot] com)

Picture from 7-28-1975

Posted October 20, 2015, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Bridge closed again after failing inspection.

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/112895/

Posted September 16, 2015, by John Huth (john_huth [at] nps [dot] gov)

This bridge has been replaced with a new bridge in 2015. The new, much wider, bridge has 3 lanes of traffic in each direction and a curb divider down the middle.

Posted September 15, 2015, by Matthew Jones (mjone182 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Supposedly, there is a story floating around about this bridge. When it was first built over the lake, apparently a female driver and her car went over the side of the bridge. Apparently, the driver was found weeks later, but no car. When the prep work for the new bridge was done, the car was finally found.

http://gainesvillelegals.com/news/stories/20070527/localnews...

Posted September 1, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is fully open to vehicular traffic, as of September 2015

Posted July 28, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

That is one abandoned bridge. There is a mature TREE growing through the railing.

Posted July 12, 2015, by Jerrell Parker (jerrell [dot] parker [at] gmail [dot] com)

Although NBI data show this bridge being replaced in 1978, I clearly remember driving over it as late as 1982. If anyone has any other information on this bridge - particularly photographs - please contact me at jerrell dot parker at gmail dot com.

Posted June 27, 2015, by Klane (Klane5179 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know where Hardin Bridge got its name?

Posted May 7, 2015, by Deborah Turrell (nanasbabies57 [at] gmail [dot] com)

andy I would like to see some Photos of the Tunnel.

I remember it but I don't remember exactly where it is. Could you Please send me Directions.

Thanks

Deborah

Posted May 7, 2015, by Deborah Turrell (nanasbabies57 [at] gmail [dot] com)

andy I would like to see some Photos of the Tunnel.

I remember it but I don't remember exactly where it is. Could you Please send me Directions.

Thanks

Deborah

Posted May 7, 2015, by Deborah Turrell (nanasbabies57 [at] gmail [dot] com)

andy I would like to see some Photos of the Tunnel.

I remember it but I don't remember exactly where it is. Could you Please send me Directions.

Thanks

Deborah

Posted April 21, 2015, by Clinton Dwain Settle (clint [dot] settle [at] gmail [dot] com)

My name is Clinton Dwain Settle. My fathers name was Jerry Lee Settle, Grandfather was Clarence Delas Settle, Grandmother was Genell Settle. The bridge and much of the local area adopted the Settle name from our family. I only caught bits and pieces of the history as a child. Near by there is also a local historical landmark called the Settle House. I've heard about stories of my father as he lived there with his Uncle Toy. From the stories I've heard, Indians buried gold somewhere around that area that had never been found. Is it true, may be. Where, who knows. It's is a beautiful bridge and agree it should be restored. If anyone has any additional history i would love to hear it. CLINT.SETTLE@GMAIL.COM

Posted April 7, 2015, by Jo McPhail (jomcph [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Reference to a bridge on Butler's Creek which may or may not be this bridge. If it is, the date of the document may be important.

Posted April 5, 2015, by Ian Martin

Based on the 1954 aerial, this was a through truss swing with two truss approaches. The wider piers on the current bridge show the 1915 span lengths.

Posted March 30, 2015, by Anonymous

The expert has weighted in. >.> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qKcJF4fOPs

Posted March 30, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Fake! There are four bridges in Savannah of lattice design... this is the modern welded one. HistoricBridges.org has comprehensive coverage of the three genuine historic bridges here: http://www.historicbridges.org/b_a_county.php?county=Chatham...

Posted March 29, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Hi Irma, I was wondering if I could use your photo for an article I'm writing for the Bridgehunter's Chronicles. Your name would be credited accordingly. Please let me know if this is OK with you. This would be a mystery bridge article. Thanks! :-)

JS

Posted March 19, 2015, by Robert milks (robert [at] robertmilks [dot] com)

The bridge is being dismantled.

Posted March 14, 2015, by Art Suckewer
Posted March 13, 2015, by Samantha Smith (samanthas2686 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It saddens my heart to inform all my fellow bridge-hunters that this bridge is being removed. Hardin Bridge is part of my childhood as it is many. I remember going across this bridge many of times. Thinking to myself it was gonna fall. Old bridges like this on is art. So many of them are being demolished, that the children of tomorrow aren't gonna know they existed. It makes me sad to even think about it. Always in my heart you will be. Goodbye Hardin Bridge.

Posted January 23, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Roger,

Thanks for the head's up on the railroad bridge! I've added it to the website.

Posted January 22, 2015, by Roger Nott (rogernott [at] att [dot] net)

The CSX RR bridge a mile downstream is impressive

Posted January 22, 2015, by Roger Nott (rogernott [at] att [dot] net)

Thanks for posting. Here's the bridge 1/17/2015

Posted January 22, 2015, by Roger Nott (rogernott [at] att [dot] net)

Thanks for posting. Here's the bridge 1/17/2015

Posted January 16, 2015, by Fred (godfreycolt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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Posted January 16, 2015, by Fred (godfreycolt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

1930s Dog river bridge

Posted January 16, 2015, by Fred (godfreycolt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

1930 dog river bridge 29 model a ford Eltha Rene Daniell

Posted December 13, 2014, by Diana

This bridge has since been shut to pedestrian traffic. Chainlink fence at both ends.

Posted November 26, 2014, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find.

Posted November 11, 2014, by Milton S Hill (milthill [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge was replaced last year.

Posted November 7, 2014, by Frank Taylor (ivaf100 [at] msn [dot] com)

Pictures 1&3 are incorrectly captioned. The view shown is actually looking from the Georgia side to the South Carolina side. The bridge approach from Georgia is straight and there was a curve and road intersection (state rd. S 4-555) near the end of the bridge on the SC side. They are visible in the pictures. The bridge did collapse when an empty dump truck, with it's dump body still raised, hit the overhead structure. The driver died.

Posted October 22, 2014, by Zachary S

Replaced c. 2009.

Posted October 22, 2014, by Zachary S

There appears to be an old swing bridge still extant at this location, locked into the open position.

Posted October 22, 2014, by Zachary S

According to aerial imagery, there's a pony truss bridge here as of late 2012.

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.

Posted September 12, 2014, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Echo that.. what a beautiful structure!

Posted August 19, 2014, by Douglas Butler

I have notice that these ship operators either can't navigate right, was drunk or hit it on purpose for them not to like drawbridges and that include other parts of the US!

Posted August 13, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1894 Suwanee topo shows a Hayes Bridge in this approximate location. Several other named bridges are along this stretch of the river.

Posted August 13, 2014, by Luke

Carol: Thanks for the bit of info!

Don: I've already added "Hayes Bridge" as an alt name.

However, Dawson Forest Bridge seems to be the more common name nowadays.

Posted August 12, 2014, by Don Morrison

Carol;

So this bridge was known as Hayes Bridge? We could add that as a more specific name.

I'd certainly like to read more history of this bridge and area.

This website is all about documenting historic bridges.

Please feel free to contribute more information and photos when you get them.

Thanks,

Don

Posted August 11, 2014, by Carol Dooley (doolio [at] comcast [dot] net)

I stumbled upon this site by accident so forgive me if I don't follow guidelines etc if there are any.

The Dooley family has been in Forsyth and Dawson Counties since 1846 and my mother-in-law was quite the historian. The Dooley and Hayes families are connected by marriage. My husband and I tried to get to the "Hayes Bridge" on the old Lockheed property today but the road was blocked. My husband has been there many times and I wanted to take photos of it due to the family connection. Henry Hayes died while working on this bridge. I have a little more information about that but I can't put my hands on it right away. After I found this site and read some of the posts I thought some of you might be interested in the little bit of history I can provide. Thank you so much for posting the photo. We are going to keep trying so I can take one myself.

Posted August 6, 2014, by Ryan Scallon (ryan [at] haydenoutdoors [dot] com)

If the State Historical Society or and individual wants to save the bridge and help pay for the relocation of it. We can give it an extended life in Windsor, CO

Posted August 5, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

I have to say, it's crystal clear that through truss bridges pose a hazard for oversized vehicles and I can see why the county wants a pony truss bridge. I can only hope that the actual through truss bridge is taken off and stored for possible reuse, unless the contractor is eyeing dollars for scrap metal, which is unfortunately the most likely case....

Posted August 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hilarious! That website says the following:

The style of the new bridge, which was determined by a town hall meeting vote that received unanimous support, will be similar in appearance to the old bridge.

Everyone at the town hall obviously is blind. See the below renderings of each bridge. You decide.

Posted August 4, 2014, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The county has put together a webpage with the replacement bridge project overview and a number of photos of the bridge.

http://www.troupcountyga.org/salemrdbridge.html

Posted July 30, 2014, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)
Posted July 27, 2014, by David (David [dot] ChubbContracting [at] gmail [dot] com)

Plan is to store bridge until new home can be found, media will get involved on Mon. we have worked with county on other projects, moved largest boat ramp into West point lake with county. Thanks David

Posted July 26, 2014, by David Wild (david [dot] chubbcontracting [at] gmail [dot] com)

Historical group wants to save bridge, we offered to store it, we have plenty of room. offered to store it for county for ten years, we have done a lot of projects with the county over the years. just one more thing to do. Basically the right thing to do. need help with moving a bridge or any other large object(train,plane,ship or buildings call) Thanks David

Posted July 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

David,

I forgot to ask:

Have you spoken to the county directly?

Is there an active local historic preservation group that is aware of your intent?

Would they willing to make a stink and get the media involved should the need arise?

What is your intended method of bridge removal?

Regards,

Art S.

Posted July 25, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

David,

What you have encountered is not uncommon. You need to be persistent and creative. If you can do the job for the amount the contractor bid for the demo you are in a strong position. Nathan Holth may be able to provide some guidance.

If you don't mind me asking, what is your long term goal for the bridge?

Regards,

Art S.

Posted July 25, 2014, by David Wild (david [dot] chubbcontracting [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have bid with the contractor for the county to move the bridge and store it on our property for future use, the contractor building the new bridge padded our cost so high that demo became the most cost effective, we have asked for the demo cost and if we can meet it then the bridge could be saved. we have gotten no response ?? It is tax dollars that pay for projects and tax payers should have a say in how there money is spent.

Posted July 19, 2014, by Josh (mtnboyjp [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just wanted to let you know that this bridge of course isn't the original nor does it look anything like the original. This new bridge was constructed in 1997 using some of the timbers from the original bridge. This bridge is also longer and sits higher than the original bridge.

-Josh