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McGirt's Bridge

Photos 

Oblique View Of South Portal And West Side Of Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #151297

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Cape Fear River on US 701
Location
Bladen County, North Carolina
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1923 by the Atlantic Bridge Co.; replaced ca. 1983
Builders
- Atlantic Bridge Co. of Charlotte, North Carolina
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Design
Riveted, 14-panel Pennsylvania through truss with Camelback profile
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 350.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.63252, -78.60286   (decimal degrees)
34°37'57" N, 78°36'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/719738/3834905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabethtown North
Inventory number
BH 23223 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Bob Morgan: added map marker
  • December 31, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • September 6, 2006: Posted HAER photos

Sources 

  • HAER NC-29 - McGirt's Bridge, Spanning Cape Fear River
  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net

Comments 

McGirt's Bridge
Posted January 2, 2011, by Doug Z. (tarheelman1000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I road accross this bridge 100s of times back in the 1970s on the way back to White Lake(Home)..It felt scary at times.But i do miss Bladen.