Glaze's Ford/Smith Bridge
Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2010
Glaze's Ford is the original location on the Nolichucky River where the bridge was built in 1901, by the early 1920's, it became known as the Smith Bridge. A flood in 1901 delayed construction, and the middle pier had to be rebuilt. When finished, it was described by the contractor as "a first-class modern steel superstructure upon massive piers of solid masonry." Extensive repairs in 1912-1913 including rivets that strengthened the pin connections, top and bottom eyerods and top and end chords.
Pony truss on north end has an unusual 75-degree skew as the former road abruptly connected to the bridge around a curve on the side of a hill.
Because of the riveted structure (way before its time), the masonry piers, and the skewed pony truss, this bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
- Pratt through truss bridge over Nolichucky River
- Washington County, Tennessee
- Closed to all traffic
- Future prospects
- Available for reuse
- Built in 1901 at Glaze's Ford, flood damage repaired and strengthened in 1912-1913, closed in 1983 and left intact on private property
- - E.N. Matthews
- Southern Bridge Co.
- Two pin-connected Pratt through trusses, one riveted Pratt pony through truss built on a skew of 75 degrees.
Length of largest span: 140.8 ft.
Total length: 294.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +36.19662, -82.63768 (decimal degrees)
36°11'48" N, 82°38'16" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/352760/4006999 (zone/easting/northing)
- 1402 ft. above sea level
- USGS topographic map
- Inventory number
- BH 45837 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 9, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
- August 8, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed
- Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com