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Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge 42-95-C

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Photo taken by James McCray in March 2016

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BH Photo #350074

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss bridge over Stoner Creek on a private driveway
Location
Mt. Juliet, Wilson County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1900 in Fayetteville, TN. Relocated in 2015 to current location.
Builder
- Rufus Page
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 53.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.20227, -86.52892   (decimal degrees)
36°12'08" N, 86°31'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/542348/4006486 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 42-95-c (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 71358 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2016: New photos from James McCray
  • March 15, 2016: Added by James McCray

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Comments 

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yeah about that one in Amnicon Falls Wisconsin... its not a modern covered bridge there are no timber trusses of any kind there... the IRON BOWSTRING TRUSS is doing ALL the work including carrying the load of the parasitic timbers that do not simulate a covered bridge (note that a covered bridge is a timber truss with covering on it). This one in Tennessee may be one of the most profoundly silly looking things I have ever seen, but you can see the attempt to simulate timber trusses in this design in addition to grafting non-functional steel trusses inside of the package as decorative elements.

The Amnicon Falls one is far more irritating to me because it is a public bridge and the timber obstructs the view of a very rare and unusual bowstring. Moreover, the timber also obstructs the view of the stunning natural scenery around the bridge.

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is a historic bowstring that has been incorporated into a modern covered bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/wi/douglas/amnicon-falls/

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's a wooden pony truss that has been covered in sheet metal. http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lawrence/50017610001/

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 16, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge seems similar to what was done to this bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/al/monroe/bh56455/

Anyways, I have to give kudos to the guy who did this for several reasons:

1. He saved a historic pony truss. Its not a prefab truss, but a historic one from the 1900's that could have otherwise gone to scrap.

2. He could have just built a modern covered bridge, but instead, went the extra mile and used a historic bridge in its design.

3. He went out of his way to obtain a historic bridge where as he did not have to.

4. He is a private citizen using his own money and not tax payer's money to build the thing.

5. The bridge, which could have gone to scrap, will find many more years of use.

Yes, it may be hidden under the covering, but he has achieved miles above what others would have done with same bridge.

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 15, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah sorry but I'm not feelin' it!

Go ahead and make a "Romantic Shelter" bridge if ya want to... But don't hide a real gem under it's wraps.

Sure... It does preserve an historic bridge, but the vast majority would drive through and say "Oh, look at the covered bridge!"... While only us few would really know about the Pearl inside the shell.

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 15, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nah, this is a riveted pony bought on Ebay that has been placed 'in doors' but stands free of the rest of the structure. A not overly significant bridge saved from the scrap heap and well repurposed. Now if it was a bowstring, we might hear a thing or two about it from Nathan... :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 15, 2016, by Anonymous

Cue comment from Nathan in 3, 2, 1.

Circle P Ranch Covered Bridge
Posted March 15, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Very cool. A historic pony truss bridge is incorporated into a modern covered bridge.