Half Chance Iron Bridge
The Half Chance Iron Bridge, also known as the Half-Chance Bridge, is a historic single span wrought iron bridge located near the small community of Half Chance, between the towns of Linden and Dayton in rural Marengo County, Alabama. It is on Marengo County Road 39 over Chickasaw Bogue Creek. The bridge is the oldest surviving iron bridge in Alabama, making it an important transportation and engineering landmark for the state. Half Chance Iron Bridge is a 12-foot (3.7 m) wide tied-arch bridge with a span of 100 feet (30 m). It was built by the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio in 1880. King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company was founded in 1871 by Zenas King. As early as 1878 it was manufacturing many types of truss, combination, and wooden bridges and by the 1880s it was the largest highway bridge works in the United States.
Derelict; reported to have collapsed in a flood shortly before 2011 or 2012, and it is completely gone from the site as per satellite imagery. There is a slight chance that it was removed from the site for eventual restoration, but if this is the case, information regarding this has yet to be found.
- Bowstring arch bridge over Chickasaw Bogue Creek
- Marengo County, Alabama
- Destroyed by flooding
- Built 1880, lost c.2008-2010
- - King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
- Bowstring through truss.
From NRHP: Half-Chance Bridge is a single span wrought iron arch on Marengo County Road 39 near Dayton. The main arch span of the bridge is 100 feet while the overall length including approaches is 217 feet. The bridge is 12 feet wide and the roadbed is twenty-eight feet above the waters of the Chickasaw Bogue Creek. The wooden plank roadbed is suspended from the overhead arches by seven iron tension rods in a bowstring type pattern on each side. Three iron crossbeams support the arches at and near their vertex. The abutments supporting the arches each consist of two thirty inch steel columns. The approaches consist of a wooden roadbed over an iron pony truss.
The bridge is located in a scenic rustic setting surrounded by large hardwood trees and slightly rolling hills. After restoration, Half-Chance Bridge will become the focal point of a historic-recreational facility.
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 217.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1972
- Also called
- Half Chance Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +32.31102, -87.69975 (decimal degrees)
32°18'40" N, 87°41'59" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/434128/3575125 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Thomaston West
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 72000166 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 56136 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 7, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Update from James McCray, bridge reported to have collapsed during a flood before 2011-2012
- May 1, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Copied info from LandmarkHunter