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Old Stone Bridge

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Ancient Ruins

The Old Stone Bridge in Fayetteville, TN was at one time an amazing six span, 450' long stone arch bridge built over the Elk River. Legend has it that the bridge was so beautiful that General Sherman himself spared the bridge when him and his army marched over it during the Civil War. Flooding destroyed the bridge in 1969 and today the bridge lies in ruins. Some stones from this bridge are now apart of a "replica" pedestrian bridge about 300 yards to the northeast of this bridge in the Stone Bridge Memorial Park.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Overview
Lost stone arch bridge over Elk River on Old US HWY 231/431 in Fayetteville, TN
Location
Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee
Status
Destroyed by flood
History
Built 1861. General Sherman marched over the bridge in the Civil War. Bridge destroyed by flooding in 1969.
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Total length: 450.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.14177, -86.57024   (decimal degrees)
35°08'30" N, 86°34'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/539148/3888849 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fayetteville
Inventory number
BH 36245 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2012: New photos from James McCray
  • December 4, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added civil war
  • September 27, 2008: New photos from James McCray
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by James McCray: Updated gps coordinates
  • April 17, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • February 10, 2008: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com