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Ray Lovin Memorial Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in June 2011


BH Photo #201757

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Pratt pony truss bridge over Steekee Creek on bicycle-foot path
Loudon, Loudon County, Tennessee
Open to pedestrians
Originally built across Round Lick Creek in Smith County, relocated to Loudon County in 1986.
- Tennessee Department of Transportation (reassembly)
- William T. Young Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee (original)
A pin-connected Pratt pony truss, flanked by steel I-beams. Also has a fish-bellied" bottom chord providing more stability and the maximum length that a lighweight pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge could be built. Top chords and end posts are channels with lacing on top and battens underneath. Bottom chords are paired rectilinear eyerods, and counters are single rectilinear tie rods. Completely rebuilt to these original specifications in 1986.
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 117.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Also called
Buena Vista Ford Bridge (Smith County)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.73861, -84.33388   (decimal degrees)
35°44'19" N, 84°20'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/741109/3958235 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
776 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48930 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Painted blue", "Pin-connected"
  • January 11, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Relocated"
  • June 18, 2011: Updated by Calvin Sneed: This bridge also has an entry under "Buena Vista Ford Bridge" in Smith County, the original county it was built in.

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Loudon City Legion Park Bridge
Posted July 25, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Photo 21... looks like something blue under the bearing, maybe an i-beam. Might be some sort of substructure. Photos #8 and #9 are rather alarming. Almost looks like the nuts are missing and someone welded... something... a bolt maybe... to the pin. If my interpretation is correct that is one of the most comical repairs I have ever seen. What did that repair play out like? "Hey Joe, the nut's missing!" "Let me see... yep... I can fix it... hold my beer I think I can fix that with the bolt rolling around in the back of the truck!"

Loudon City Legion Park Bridge
Posted July 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beauty!

I could be wrong but it totally looks like it is just sitting on the ground with no foundation. If so, this is not a good thing!