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Berry Shoals Dam and Bridge

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Old Berry Shoals Bridge

Taken from the west side of the bridge.

Photo taken by Michael Miller in June 2012

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BH Photo #263854

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Description 

Abandoned Truss structure built on top of the Berry Shoals Pond Dam. Based on aerial observation, this bridge appears to be two separate bridges that meet at a large structure in the middle that is part of the dam itself.

The eastern bridge is composed of three 5-panel Pratt through truss spans. The western bridge is composed of a 5-panel Pratt through truss and a 4-panel Pratt pony truss.

The dam seems to have been built about 1900 to power an electric generator for powering the Tucapau Mill. It is likely the bridges were built at the same time. The Berry Shoals Power Station was shutdown in 1959.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over South Tyger River/Berry Shoals Pond
Location
Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Design
Pratt truss spans built on top of the Berry Shoals Pond Dam. There is an 80ft long masonry landing in the middle that is part of the dam itself. Three spans are on the west side, and two, and maybe a missing third, are on the east.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.88780, -82.10137   (decimal degrees)
34°53'16" N, 82°06'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/399359/3861153 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wellford
Elevation
715 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 57687 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2017: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • January 29, 2016: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • January 22, 2016: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • August 20, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • August 20, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "5-panel truss", "4-panel truss", "Pony truss"
  • August 19, 2013: Added by Michael Miller

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Comments 

Berry Shoals Dam and Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure if this is a "pieced-together" structure or all original, but whatever the case it is very unique. This would be a beautiful location to make a park with a trail going over the dam on a renovated truss bridge!

Old Berry Shoals Dam and Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find, Michael!

I was puzzled by the missing span at the east end. There doesn't seem to be the remains of substructure for it. But then I found out the dam was built as a hydroelectric plant. It looks to me like the generators were at the east end - and possibly the bridge was access to the building and not "just" a span over the river.