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Rogue's Ford Bridge



Photo taken May 2005 by Mark Slaughter

BH Photo #101688



The Chattooga bridge is an intact example of a steel camelback through truss constructed at an unknown date around the turn of the twentieth century. The bridge was determined eligible by the Keeper of the National Register in 1979 at the request of the U.S. Forest Service.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost through truss bridge over the Chattooga River, next to US 76
Rabun County, Georgia, and Oconee County, South Carolina
Built in 1895
- George H. Crafts Co. of Atlanta, Georgia
Pin-connected, 9-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.81453, -83.30663   (decimal degrees)
34°48'52" N, 83°18'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/289022/3854900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rainy Mountain
Inventory number
BH 12606 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Fixed BUilder
  • June 22, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added date and builder
  • June 22, 2012: HAER photos posted by Jason Smith
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Updated coordinates
  • November 6, 2006: Posted photos from Mark Slaughter


  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER SC-42 - Chattooga River Bridge, Spanning Chattooga River on U.S. 76, Walhalla, Oconee County, SC
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Rogue's Ford Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge should have remained standing down from the new bridge as it posed no threat to it.

Rogue's Ford Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Chris Lowe (chris [dot] lowe [at] gmx [dot] com)

In response to the comment that any government is "hell bent" on destroying history of this bridge... it was offered at a public hearing to anyone wishing to remove and restore it at another location, but there were no takers.

Rogue's Ford Bridge-U.S.76
Posted September 24, 2011, by Richard Grubbs (richardwgrbbs [at] yahoo [dot] com)

All bridges crossing the Chattooga River were studied for demolition and removal in the early 1970's as part of the study and research performed for inclusion of the Chattooga River in the National Wild and Scenic River System. This included both Rogue's Ford bridges at U.S. 76, Low Bottom Bridge and the suspension bridge upstream of it, the Russell Ford Bridge or S.C.28 bridge, and the rest of the bridges upstream. The Rogue's Ford truss bridge was built in 1895 by the George H. Crafts Company of Atlanta, Ga. according to the contractor's tag sign removed in January of 1975 from above the trellis work on the S.C. end of the bridge. The cast iron sign weighs nearly 100 pounds and has 5 bullet holes thru it and is the last remaining remnant of the bridge. The tag sign on the GA.end of the bridge was destroyed by rifle fire prior to 1972. 1895 was the beginning of the era of the "infernal horseless carriage" at a time when cars were works of art created at the rate of just 1 or 2 a month. This bridge saw both horse drawn wagons and carriages and the earliest automobiles. The bridge should have been preserved, equipped with a steel grate pedestrian floor and handrails and ramped on each end for use by hikers and others. It would have made an excellent observation platform expecially during high water flows.

Rogue's Ford Bridge
Posted February 15, 2007, by Harvey Henkelman (makechoochoogonow (at) msn (dot) com)

A sad story indeed, but it seems as if America itself is ashamed of it's own history. Anything more than a week old would be razed if it were up to many people -- that's why America has little culture or tradition.

Rogue's Ford Bridge
Posted January 24, 2007, by J.T. (garoadwarrior76 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sigh...not surprised this bridge is gone. I wish I could do anything to save the remaining ones in the Peach State, but it seems they are hell-bent in destroying all history in this state.

Rogue's Ford Bridge
Posted November 19, 2006, by Jeff Greiner (wjgreiner [at] aol [dot] com)

Are you aware this bridge was demolished in late 2005/early 2006. They have built a new modern bridge and in the process blasted the Rogue's Ford Bridge.