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NS - Watauga Bridge

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in April 2010

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BH Photo #162801

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Description 

THe East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad first built a bridge at this site in 1858. The Community of Watauga nearby was known as Carter's Station during the Civil War when wooden spans crossed the river. In 1901 the worst flood since 1867 washed the bridge away and a temporary wooden one was put in it's place. An additional masonry pier was added and steel spans installed in the fall of 1901. The use of concrete on top of the stone shows that the bridge was elevated when the current spans were put in place. Deck plate girders were not in use until the 1930's, possibly 1940's.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Watauga River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Location
Watauga, Carter County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.36886, -82.29797   (decimal degrees)
36°22'08" N, 82°17'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/383561/4025643 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Johnson City
Inventory number
BH 44909 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Carter County, Tennessee (19)
Continuous (2,446)
Deck girder (5,666)
Girder (10,051)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,829)
Open (39,652)
Owned by railroad (12,233)
Plate girder (7,777)
Railroad (15,289)
Southern Railway (340)
Tennessee (1,216)
Watauga, Tennessee (1)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2018: Updated by Bob Davis: added previous name to community at bridge used in Civil War and place the age of current span.
  • April 18, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net