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Posted December 10, 2018, by

Entrance to the North end of the tunnel: 34.743156,-85.334241 Entrance to the South end of the tunnel: 34.738577,-85.333201

Posted December 10, 2018, by Joe Nichols (nicholsjoe48 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What directions are you using to find this

Posted November 18, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to what i read in this mornings local paper where I live 30 rail cars derailed on and around this bridge yesterday morning with some cars falling onto GA90.CSX said 4 of the cars held liquefied petroleum gas with no leaks reported.Crews are working to re-rail the cars.There was no mention of any damage to the bridge.

Posted November 11, 2018, by Tom Marney (panterarosa2k [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are some photos I took last week.

Posted September 12, 2018, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If you choose "replaced" instead of "bypassed" it defaults the bridge as lost.

Posted September 12, 2018, by Bryon

This bridge is near my in laws house and I drove over it a couple months back. Looks in pretty old and weathered condition but appears functional. I was actually surprised that it was not closed with the new Cloverdale Road alignment so close! Next time I will try to get some pics to upload.

Posted September 3, 2018, by Tom Marney (panterarosa2k [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took this yesterday.

Luke Bridge (Georgia)
Posted September 2, 2018, by Pat Heath Prida (phprida [at] gmail [dot] com )

I grew up west of this old bridge from about 1960 through 1970. I remember the older bridge before this one. It was a very creaky old bridge that I could actually hear it creak as the cars went over it. It still gives me the chills just remembering it! Several vehicles had gone over it and turned over into the creek below. When the creek would flood after heavy rainz,it would actually almost disappear.

Posted July 15, 2018, by Justin

I think you have this abandoned tunnel confused with the Divide Tunnel:

Posted July 14, 2018, by Dan Colestock (dan [dot] colestock [at] gmail [dot] com)

This tunnel has been incorporated as part of the Silver Comet Trail rail trail. The rail line was abandoned in 1980 by CSX, purchased by GA DOT and reopened as the Silver Comet rail trail in late 1998-2001. The tunnel and approaches were excavated and restored, paved with concrete and lighted.

Posted June 5, 2018, by S Carroll (ls2729 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Traffic listed at 490? Per year when it was open maybe.

Posted April 29, 2018, by Querti McDunkin (slashdotuser [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The page says that the bridge is a Silver Comet bridge. It is NOT a Silver Comet bridge. The Silver Comet Trail is dozens of miles to the south. If this is part of the old Seaboard line that carried the Silver Comet trains, please be more specific. Thank you!

Posted April 23, 2018, by Stan Arnold (spyderman1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One of my favorite photo spots.

Rock Bridge (Georgia)
Posted April 1, 2018, by Don Morrison

1932 cook map indicates a 700 foot concrete Luten arch on a former alignment of state route #76.

TAG Tunnel (Georgia)
Posted March 31, 2018, by Jeff Bryson (jbrysonl1982 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My wife and I were there today. 03/31/18. She had never seen it before and was very impressed with it. I took several pictures of it while we were there. I had no idea it was a railroad tunnel. Very interested.

Posted March 13, 2018, by Julian K Quattlebaum (jqlaw [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This is not where Richardson Creek is. This would have been the old Thunderbolt Bridge. There is now the third generation span at this site.

Richardson Creek empties into the Bull River near a bridge across the Bull River further east on U.S. 80.

Posted February 2, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

A combination mystery bridge and newsflyer are enclosed here:

Posted February 1, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

James, Yes I can confirm this a visitor to my website informed me as well. Here is a news article with six photos.

Posted January 25, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The remaining span of this bridge has reportedly collapsed into the river.

Posted January 7, 2018, by Garrett Boon (garrettboon [at] outlook [dot] com)

Just visited this bridge. It looks like the worst of the graffiti on the bridge has been cleaned up.

This was a really neat bridge to visit. It is the oldest and longest covered bridge still in Georgia. It is in a beautiful area and definitely worth the drive to go see it.

Posted December 1, 2017, by Mason Guevara (contact [at] shutterstinct [dot] com)

I am a filmmaker and was very inspired by the historic Browns Bridge, and upon hearing that it was being torn down, I decided to shoot a film on the location. It will be called "The Point Beyond Madness" and will be available for viewing at my website, on December 10th, 2017. I'm not sure how many films have been shot at the location but I'm saddened to realize that mine may very well be the last.

Posted November 16, 2017, by Don Morrison

Replacement project commencing for all Lake Lanier bridges.

Posted November 16, 2017, by Don Morrison

Replacement underway, osprey moving to public housing towers.

"Officials have said the bridge project has a unique feature: 30-foot towers to accommodate osprey, a bird of prey that likes to make the bridge its summer home."

Posted November 16, 2017, by Don Morrison

Contract awarded; the deed will be done by April 2020

Ospreys reportedly disappointed in having to build nests elsewhere.

Posted November 14, 2017, by Andy Stone (akstone14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

800k being spent to rehab and extend the life of the covered bridge. has made getting around the west side of Smyrna a bit tougher but the bridge will be open in time for Christmas(Dec. 20th I believe is the projected re-opening date)

Posted August 18, 2017, by Clinton Settle (clint [dot] settle [at] gmail [dot] com)

Rev James Solomon Settle Baptisms at Settles Bridge. 1910-1911

TAG Tunnel (Georgia)
Posted July 10, 2017, by The Ringgold Railfan (riley [dot] odonald [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited the tunnel today (7-10-17) and hiked above to the right side where the rock drainage wall is. There is major erosion over the portal (10-20 ft) where all you can see is dirt over the arch of the brick. I'm not any kind of engineer but I do not thing the northern portal is going to be up much longer with the way the water drains.

Posted July 9, 2017, by Zach Houston (zhouston03 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Should be Baker Co. Ga, not Newton County.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Relocated safely to a park AND replaced by a decent looking modern pony truss. If an old truss absolutely must go from its original site and another historic bridge can't be used as a replacement, you can't ask for a much better outcome.

Posted June 7, 2017, by Michael Hallstrom

Accessible via gravel trail at olde rope mill park.

Posted April 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has some unusual members. Modified perhaps?

Posted April 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure what they did to inflate the cost of the best option (#1), but I tend to agree with Matt that they are deceiving the public!

Posted April 6, 2017, by Joel Wyman (jwyman2242 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Demolishing this bridge should not be an option as it accomplishes nothing but wasting tax payer money and eliminating yet another beautiful historical and rare structure.

Posted April 5, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Did you also notice that the best option is also shown to be the most expensive, probably to deceive the public into thinking that it's actually true, so they can have an excuse to demolish the old bridge??

Posted April 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The first option would be great. I noticed that two of the options involve demolishing this bridge. That would be an unfortunate outcome.

Posted April 5, 2017, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Additional reporting with renderings of all four options being proposed.

Posted April 5, 2017, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Engineers present Rogers Bridge rehabilitation concepts in Duluth

Posted April 2, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure either. More recent reports would seem to pinpoint the failed spans as being part of the Piedmont Avenue overpass and viaduct. The fire location was just northeast of Piedmont Avenue, and google street views from Piedmont under the bridge also show the suspicious spools. I originally added this, and I'll fix it up when better information becomes available.

Georgia DOT inspectors have now also condemned the southbound lanes as having been damaged by the fire badly enough to require replacement, even though that bridge did not collapse.

Posted April 2, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

He looks like a scoundrel to me.

Posted April 1, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I'm not sure if we have the right NBI listing for the collapsed bridge. This one seems to fit the dimensions better:

Curiously, the Associated Press story about the collapse identifies the wrong bridge. The story says: "Built in 1953 and renovated in 1985, the collapsed span scored a sufficiency rating of 94.6 out of 100 in its last inspection in 2015, said Natalie Dale, a spokeswoman for the Georgia DOT."

The only NBI bridge matching that description is on Highway 13 (Old Interstate 85) some distance away:

Posted April 1, 2017, by Anonymous


Posted April 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

News article

Concrete is not indestructible...

Posted March 31, 2017, by Anonymous


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:


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?

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.

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 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.

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.

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.