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Ligon Bridge

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Kilgore Truss Bridge over Enoree River

Photo taken by C Hanchey in March 2009

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BH Photo #135892

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History of Bridge 

Written by Nathan Holth. Information About Flood Provided By Earl Collins

This bridge site was historically known as Kilgore's Bridge. However, in March 15, 1912 a large flood occurred, partially destroying Kilgore's Bridge. During this flood, Cheves Caldwell Ligon attempted to cross the river in a boat. His boat capsized near the bridge and he died. As a result, this bridge is today known as the Ligon Bridge. The National Bridge Inventory lists a 1930 construction date for the truss bridge seen today. However the bridge stylistically appears to date to the early 20th Century, and thus the 1930 date may very well be incorrect. It seems more likely that the bridge seen today was constructed soon after the 1912 flood. One end of the truss span sits on riveted caissons while the other end sits on concrete abutments. The concrete abutments could potentially have been a 1930 reconstruction which might be the source of the inventory date. This, however, is just speculation.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Enoree River on S-42-893
Location
Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and Laurens County, South Carolina
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1982, replaced 2015
Design
Riveted Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.9 ft.
Total length: 292.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Also called
Enoree River Bridge
Kilgore's Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.65554, -81.96998   (decimal degrees)
34°39'20" N, 81°58'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/411116/3835272 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Enoree
Inventory numbers
SC 4270089300100 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 32073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
316

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bad news confirmed. Bridge replaced.
  • September 20, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • November 3, 2011: Essay added by Nathan Holth
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.
  • May 6, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • March 24, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • March 22, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey

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Comments 

Ligon Bridge
Posted April 19, 2015, by Anonymous

They tore the bridge down

Enoree River Bridge
Posted March 25, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I'm really surprised with a listed build date of 1930, that this bridge has lally columns. This style was becoming obsolete by 1920.