The Cowley bridge is a Bowstring Arch Truss bridge built by the King Iron Bridge Co. in 1878. It is about a mile and a half north west of Kelso on the Elk River. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo taken by James McCray
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The technical design is a Bowstring tubular arch, with the top chord tubular rather than being formed with channels, typical of Bowstring arches. The bottom chords are paired eyebars that are circular as they pass through a plate at the abutment where they are threated and secured by nuts on the outside.
- Bowstring through truss bridge over Elk River on West Stevens Creek Road
- Lincoln County, Tennessee
- Open to pedestrian traffic only
- Built by the King Iron Bridge Co. in 1878 for $8,000, the only Bowstring truss bridge in the state of Tennessee. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
- - King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 171.0 ft.
Total length: 170.5 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1983
- Also called
- Kelso Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.13806, -86.46861 (decimal degrees)
35°08'17" N, 86°28'07" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/548408/3888482 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- 695 ft. above sea level
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 83003046 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36244 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 2, 2019: New photos from Debbie Racka
- June 16, 2011: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Updated specifications from King Iron Bridge Company records
- June 13, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Name and Dimensions
- June 13, 2011: New photos from Calvin Sneed
- July 13, 2008: Updated by James McCray
- February 10, 2008: Added by James McCray
- James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Nathan Holth
- Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
- Debbie Racka