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Thomas Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2010


BH Photo #172341


Street Views 


Bridge consists of one 100-foot pin-connected Pratt through truss, and five steel I-beam spans. Bridge is through tree thicket in above Google Street View.


Pratt through truss bridge over Beaver Creek
Bluff City, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built in 1898 to replace an existing bridge, road later designated as State Highway 37, closed in 1971 when new State Highway 394 bridge was built upstream, Thomas Bridge barricaded and left intact.
- New Columbus Bridge Co. of Columbus, Ohio
Substructure consists of masonry abutments, steel-encased concrete tubular piers connected by a solid steel partition, and bents of pin-connected laced channels (one bent was added on the south end of the bridge), Composition of the truss is typical. Top chords and end posts are channels with battens. Bottom chords and diagonals are paired rectilinear eyebars. Verticals are small channels with lacing, except hip verticals that are paired rectilinear eyerods. Decorative features included the laced portal with arched knee bracing and laced handrail.
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 171.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.50736, -82.27322   (decimal degrees)
36°30'26" N, 82°16'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/385984/4040978 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
1432 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45839 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2017: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • August 8, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Thomas Bridge
Posted September 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not only are the truss members buckling, but this bridge also has some severe section loss. I am afraid that this one is going to be fish habitat if nothing is done soon.

Thomas Bridge
Posted September 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, this is a hidden gem! Hopefully Tennessee will preserve this one!

Thomas Bridge
Posted September 4, 2017, by Timothy (timdaugherty1980 [at] gmail [dot] com)

How on earth did you get on the deck on this one?

I saw the wood was all rotted away! You are brave!