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Tyler-Goodwyn Bridge

Photos 

© United Press International; Used under Fair Use.

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BH Photo #416113

Description 

Site of the 1957 murder of Willie Edwards.

Named for Confederate Officer and Alabama politician Robert Goodwyn and his wife Pricilla Tyler who was the granddaughter of President John Tyler.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Alabama River on AL 143
Location
Montgomery County, Alabama, and Elmore County, Alabama
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built in the 1920s; Removed 1980
Design
1 255' Warren through truss swing
2 104' Warren through trusses
Dimensions
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Roy Bridge (Old Name)
Tyler-Goodwin Bridge (Alternate spelling)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.41146, -86.34157   (decimal degrees)
32°24'41" N, 86°20'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/561913/3586235 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Montgomery North
Inventory number
BH 72088 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

AL 143 (1)
Alabama (1,014)
Alabama River (4)
Beam (16,888)
Elmore County, Alabama (17)
Lost (28,529)
Lost 1980 (108)
Lost during 1980s (1,533)
Montgomery County, Alabama (23)
Movable (3,115)
Owned by state (16,563)
Steel stringer (6,712)
Swing (1,562)
Through truss (16,816)
Truss (35,500)
Warren through truss (1,705)
Warren truss (7,004)

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 15, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 9, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 21, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 10, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • May 2, 2016: Added by Luke

Comments 

Tyler-Goodwyn Bridge
Posted August 7, 2021, by John Bernhisel (Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com)

His name was Robert Taylor Goodwyn. The Tyler-Goodwyn comes from his wife’s maiden name Tyler who was granddaughter of the US President.

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted August 7, 2021, by John Bernhisel (Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Bridge was named for the Tyler and Goodwiyn Families.

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/archive-president-joh...

From my research it seems that the spelling was with a Y.

It was named for a Albert Taylor Goodwiyn. and his wife Priscilla Tyler who was the granddaughter of U.S. President John Tyler.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Taylor_Goodwyn

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48778498/priscilla-coope...

I have changed the Bridge name here to the “Y” spelling and made the I spelling the alternative. It seems that the spelling error started after the famous murder and when the story became national.

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted August 6, 2021, by Luke

Both spellings have been used, including this Alabama Digital Archives page, the Montgomery Advertiser, AND a United States Congressional Set that uses Goodwin vs Goodwyn

https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/phot...

https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/04/29/e...

https://books.google.com/books?id=Hio8AQAAMAAJ&q=Montgomery,...

There are also historical texts that are innumerable that used Goodwin vs Goodwyn

Both names deserve to be part of the entry.

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted August 6, 2021, by John Goodwyn (johng33 [at] outlook [dot] com)

Why can't you use the correct spelling for the bridge? The last name is spelled GoodwYn, after Mr. Tyler Goodwyn. You can even see the correct spelling in the old newspaper articles you refer to. There is no "alternate" spelling but there is a misspelling: Goodwin.

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Same Date

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The photo Luke added is also from 1961

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

February 25 1961 The Montgomery Advisor

Tyler-Goodwin Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Melissa, Did you happen to see any reference to flooding in the 1950s of this bridge? I was contacted by someone who grew up near this bridge and they think it had another really bad flood in the 1950s, and were looking for confirmation of that.