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Old Henry River Road Bridge

Photo 

Historical Photo of Bridge

Elevation.

Source: Mel Newton

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BH Photo #230186

Map 

Information. 

Submitted by Mel Newton

In 1912 a one lane steel truss bridge engineered by Michael Erastus Rudisill was built across the Henry River. When built, it was reputed to be the highest bridge in the state and argued by anyone whoever crossed it to be the "scariest bridge in the world." Until the bridge was built, all travel crossed by fording the river.. During the 1916 flood, this bridge was one of the few not destroyed. In 1960, the bridge was replaced by a concrete one but it fueled nightmares for years to come.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Henry River on Henry River Road (Old Alignment)
Location
Burke County, North Carolina
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1912
Builder
- Michael Erastus Rudisill
Design
Six panel pin-connected Pratt deck truss.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.69573, -81.42676   (decimal degrees)
35°41'45" N, 81°25'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/461389/3950285 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
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Inventory number
BH 52073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2012: Essay added by Nathan Holth

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