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CFWR - Rock Island Bridge


Rock Island Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2011


BH Photo #205012

Street View 


Warren deck truss bridge over Caney Fork River on Caney Fork & Western Railroad
Warren County, Tennessee, and White County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
- Louisville Bridge & Iron Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- Caney Fork & Western Railroad (CFWR)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
- Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL)
Warren deck truss
Also called
CFWR - Great Falls Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.80419, -85.60877   (decimal degrees)
35°48'15" N, 85°36'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/625701/3963123 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49178 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • April 19, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Removed category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • July 23, 2011: Added by C Hanchey



CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
Posted October 3, 2017, by Timothy Jones (Swamphawk12 [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

The plaque is located on the first pier about half way up the side. It is on the very first pier on the Warren County side of the Caney Fork River. This pier is on dry land and the brick work is excellent. It is excessable via Cotten's Marina, just off of old Hy. 70S (The Rock Island Road).

CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Thanks for the photo of the plaque, as it illuminates association of this bridge with the company that famous engineer Albert Fink worked for... Where specifically is this plaque located on the bridge? One of the abutments?

CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
Posted July 31, 2017, by Timothy Jones (DT1712 [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

It has been rumored that this bridge was raised to accommodate the rising waters of the Great falls lake. However, the bridge has never been raised in elevation. The Benchmark at Rock Island is 880 feet. The support piers were encased in concrete to protect the masonry brick work that the piers were originally constructed of. See photo.

CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
Posted July 28, 2017, by Timothy Jones (DT1712 [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

Rock Island, Tennessee is located in Warren Co. not in White County. The bridge was built between 1871 and 1872. It spans approximately 660 ft.in length.

CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
Posted February 15, 2016, by Rachel (ms_key23 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just wanted to add a view from the bridge on Powerhouse road looking into this bridge

Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Posted October 9, 2013, by Al Grayson (grayson [dot] a [dot] h [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Rock Island" is a nearby community in White County, Tn. The nearest post offices are Rock Island, Tn. 38581 and Walling, Tn. 38587.

Googlemaps has a pretty good street view of this bridge taken at several spots on the Rock Island road highway bridge.

This bridge was built for the Memphis & Charleston RR on its disconnected branch line from Tullahoma, Tn. to Sparta, Tn. The end of track can be seen on Googlemaps at "Depot St.," Sparta, Tn. The depot is still there but the tracks stop short.

The bridge crosses Great Falls Lake (1917) on the Caney Fork River.

The bridge piers were raised (1922), when the dam was raised by 35 feet, to provide clearance over the lake. The concrete caps are visible on top of the original stone piers.

A pier on the south side of the lake has a stone plaque set into the stonework describing the railroad company and the officials involved.

This branch line was accessed over the Nashville & Chattanooga R.R. (later N.C. & St. L. Ry. > Louisville & Nashville R.R. > CSX) from the M&C connection with the Southern Ry. (now Norfolk Southern) near Chattanooga, Tn.

Today the railroad track and land is owned by the Tri-County Railroad authority and operated by the Caney Fork & Western RR.

Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Posted April 19, 2013, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The Rock Island referred to in this bridge's name can't have anything to do with the former railroad, and is probably related to the local geography. The Rock Island RR never got near this area; the farthest it ever penetrated into Tennessee being Memphis.