Grand opening photo
from the green county historic society.
BH Photo #177670
This bridge, along with two others in TN [(http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lincoln/old-mulberry/) and (http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lincoln/bh36464/)] are the only three bridges that I know of that has those interesting pony/bedstead truss type approaches. The Barry Bridge, in particular, seems to be an almost exact copy of the mulberry bridge (frito lay bridge) eventhough the mul. bridge was built by the American Bridge Co. whilst the Berry Bridge was built by the Champion Bridge Co. Could there be any connection between the three bridges? Or was that design common to bridges at the time?
Finally got to go see this bridge, sadly no decking to walk on it. interesting story with this, so we stop due to a gate blocking the road with no trespassing, so there is a driveway right there so we drive up it to ask, James gets out and knocks on the door of the house, no answer comes back says the door has a sign on it that says welcome to hell, and that he heard gun shots from up the hill. So we drive up a little further, to find a very county looking old man, with a gun sitting by a barn. Normal instincts run, but we really wanted to see this bridge, So I sent James up to ask While I turned the van around for a quick get away....
been planning it for awhile. just never seem to be able to get down to visit it. i actually found it via a news paper article. the bridge has been for sell for 1 dollar.
Neat find J.P.! I looked on satellite and it appears to still be extant. The historic photo reveals a few things.... The bridge has a plaque that identifies it as a Champion Bridge Company span. The bridge is a very large Camelback truss with a pony approach showing on the other side. I love the 4 brave souls that are sitting up high on the bottom of the sway bracing. I bet a trip to this beauty is in the near future!