Beaver Creek Bridge
Coward Creek One Lane Bridge Upstream side
Historic bridge saved by local efforts
Photo taken by Bob Davis on February 24, 2009
BH Photo #134140
Solid as the Hills New Stone Arch Over Beaver Creek Nearly Completed, Knoxville Daily Journal, November 30, 1894, page 2,
Probably the largest stone arch in the south or the United States, is nearing completion across Beaver creek, near John Maddens’ farm in the nineteenth civil district of this county.
The bridge consists of an eighty-foot span, being the segment of a circle, 130 feet in diameter. Its weight is 200 tons. The arch has been turned and the parapet or wall over the arch is in process of completion.
The bridge was designed by Prof. J. K. Payne, the well-known mathematician and engineer, and the contractors are Brady & Simpson.
The bridge is as durable as the ages and is being constructed at the expense of the county. There are a few bridges with seventy-two foot spans or arches in this country, but none known of the dimensions of this bridge.
- Closed spandrel stone arch bridge over Beaver Creek on County Road C199
- Knox County, Tennessee
- Open to traffic
- Built 1894; rehabilitated 1990
- - Brady & Simpson
- Stone Arch
Length of largest span: 79.7 ft.
Total length: 147.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.96889, -84.14778 (decimal degrees)
35°58'08" N, 84°08'52" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/757197/3984259 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- TN 470C1990003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32581 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 06/2014)
- Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 74.4 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
- November 21, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Initial construction date found in a 1894 newspaper
- June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
- February 25, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis: add coordinates, photos, and stone arch designation
- Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
- Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com