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Brewster Bridge


Close inspection of the bridge underside reveals stalactites forming on the beams and stalagmites forming on the ground underneath

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2010


BH Photo #172848



Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Clear Fork River on former TN 52
Rugby, Morgan County, Tennessee, and Fentress County, Tennessee
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built in 1930 to replace the old Brewster Ferry, which served as the western entrance to the Historic Rugby Community; bypassed 1999
- Tennessee State Highway Department
Due to the angle of the river crossing, the bridge and its piers are skewed 75 degrees
Length of largest span: 53.2 ft.
Total length: 358.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Also called
Old Highway 52 Bridge
Brewster Ferry Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.35059, -84.73164   (decimal degrees)
36°21'02" N, 84°43'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/703548/4025223 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TN 25SR0520009 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 45905 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Brewster Bridge
Posted August 16, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You're right.. this bridge was closed in 1999 when the new Brewster Bridge was built the same year, a half-mile downriver. You can see the new bridge in the distance through the trees to the left in the Street View.

I was shocked to find the calcium carbonate deposits forming stalagmites and stalactites underneath the beams. It is absolutely fascinating. This is the second bridge in East Tennessee where I have found those deposits forming. I thought those were common only in caves, not in the open.

Notice the pier construction. That's how you can tell a bridge built back in the day by the state highway department. The piers are always rounded with notches and groves every few feet.

I think the concrete bridges are just as historic as the steel trusses, but I'm more partial to trusses!

Brewster Bridge
Posted August 15, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

PS Based on Historical Imagery in Google Earth, this bridge was likely open until at least 1998. The new bridge wasn't built until some time between 98 and 07

Brewster Bridge
Posted August 15, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I find abandoned concrete bridges to actually be as interesting as abandoned through-truss bridges. Thanks for this add, Calvin!