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Tilton Bridge



Taken around 1900

Photo courtesy of Whitfield-Murray Historical Society


BH Photo #132897


Remembering the old bridge 

Written by Eddie Douthitt

I remember driving across this bridge back in the day. It was absolutely terrifying. It was pretty high up from the river, and this bridge would squeal, moan, shudder, shake and do all manner of things to make you think you were going to die. Funny thing is, I just went across the sturdy and safe UCEB a few weeks ago and I wish the old one was still there just to go across one more time. We just don't know what we have till it's gone.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Conasauga River on Tilton Bridge Road
Whitfield County, Georgia, and Murray County, Georgia
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1886, replaced by a UCEB in 1984
Pratt through truss
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.66710, -84.92828   (decimal degrees)
34°40'02" N, 84°55'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/689825/3838078 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dalton South
Inventory number
BH 39073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Corrected GPS coordinates
  • February 3, 2009: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt


  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Tilton Bridge
Posted November 6, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The Usual Suspects around here like to have some fun with this one.

I like to think of it as Unattractive Concrete Eyesore Bridge myself, but sometimes it seems more like

Unequivocally Commonplace Excremental Balderdash.

That said, in Wisconsin, some bridges are being built with the idea of fooling the eye into believing that the new structures use stonework, or blocks, as a part of the structure.

Upon closer inspection, we find that the stones/blocks are neither, but are built into a mold that is filled with cement slurry. I cannot tell if they're painted or if dye is placed in the mold, I suspect they are dyed.

Tilton Bridge
Posted November 6, 2009, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

In my posting on the Eureka WI Bascule Bridge, I originally had a paragraph that I edited out about how this unique bridge was being replaced with a "boring generic concrete bridge extruded by the foot and chopped off to the required length". So I guess I was using my own terminology while translating.

My primary question was whether this was a technical designation or an editorial abbreviation. I guess my question is answered.

R.K. Thompson

Tilton Bridge
Posted November 6, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It depends on who you ask.

Uninspiring Concrete Eyesore Bridge

Ugly Concrete Eysore Bridge

There are probably a few others as well.

Tilton Bridge - Question: what is an UCEB?
Posted November 6, 2009, by Robert Thompson

Uninspired Concrete Extruded Bridge?

R.K. Thompson