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Johnson Toll Bridge

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Johnson Toll Bridge

The Wetumpka Herald: October 15 1942

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BH Photo #452818

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Tallapoosa River on private toll road
Location
Elmore County, Alabama, and Montgomery County, Alabama
Status
Collapsed
History
Built 1888 for the L&N in Kentucky; Moved to Alabama circa 1916 for use as a private toll bridge; collapsed 1980
Builder
- Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania
Design
(1)7-panel Pratt through truss
(1)6-panel Pratt through truss
Also called
Wares Ferry Toll Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.43330, -86.12461   (decimal degrees)
32°25'60" N, 86°07'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/582295/3588802 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86019 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2019: Updated by Luke: Mapped
  • December 29, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 29, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 22, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Johnson Toll Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Too bad this one was not saved. Alabama has some great historic bridges, but it is not bursting at the seams with rare and unique wrought iron trusses like Pennsylvania is. This bridge would have been a significant structure even in Pennsylvania.

Johnson Toll Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Luke

No problem, Melissa! Unfortunate that it doesn't seem anything regarding the NRHP seemed to have happened, otherwise there would be an informational PDF to help.

Johnson Toll Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, Thank You !

Johnson Toll Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I find it intriguing. I'd love to know more about it.

Johnson Toll Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The two spans on this bridge appear to be mismatched. I suspect they were probably built at different locations at different times - unless one of them got a major overhaul. To me, one span looks about two decades older than the other.