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Hardin Bridge


Photo taken by Garrett Boon in December 2007

BH Photo #112427



Two-span through truss bridge over Etowah River on Hardin Bridge Road
Bartow County, Georgia
Built 1930 by Austin Brothers Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1950, closed 2007, new bridge started 2009, new bridge completed 2011, Destoryed 2015
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 139.8 ft.
Total length: 356.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.18833, -84.92500   (decimal degrees)
34°11'18" N, 84°55'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/691213/3784984 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
GA 01550090 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12523 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 1.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: New photo from Jeremy Whitehead
  • June 27, 2015: Updated by James F. Gentner: Bridge is no longer there.
  • March 23, 2015: Updated by Samantha Smith: Bridge is being dismantled 2015
  • January 27, 2013: New photos from Mark Slaughter
  • May 20, 2012: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • June 10, 2011: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: New bridge open
  • June 15, 2010: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • November 6, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: New construction
  • November 1, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Status
  • February 25, 2008: Updated by Garrett Boon: Updated status


  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mark Slaughter - markslaughter72 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Samantha Smith
  • Samantha Smith - samanthas2686@att.net
  • James F. Gentner - jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Jeremy Whitehead


Hardin Bridge
Posted June 27, 2015, by Klane (Klane5179 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know where Hardin Bridge got its name?

Hardin Bridge
Posted March 19, 2015, by Robert milks (robert [at] robertmilks [dot] com)

The bridge is being dismantled.

Hardin Bridge
Posted March 13, 2015, by Samantha Smith (samanthas2686 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It saddens my heart to inform all my fellow bridge-hunters that this bridge is being removed. Hardin Bridge is part of my childhood as it is many. I remember going across this bridge many of times. Thinking to myself it was gonna fall. Old bridges like this on is art. So many of them are being demolished, that the children of tomorrow aren't gonna know they existed. It makes me sad to even think about it. Always in my heart you will be. Goodbye Hardin Bridge.

Hardin Bridge
Posted June 10, 2011, by Scott Gavin (fatpiecat2 [at] charter [dot] net)

If you want to find out how high the bridge is off the water, all you need is a long tape measure (or a rope you know the length of) and a protracter taped to a yard stick, a piece of string and a weight.

Step One: With a person on shore and one one an innertube or raft or boat, take the rope or tape out to the pier of the bridge. Hold one end against the bridge and have the person on shore put in a stake in the ground at a convenient even distance, say 20' or 50' or 100', it really doesn't matter.

Step Two: Tape the protractor in the center of the yard stick, so that 0˚ is even with the top of the yard stick. Tie or tack a string with a weight at the far end to the middle of the protractor.

Step Three: Lay down at the stake on shore, hold one end of the yard stick up to your eye and sight along it to the top of the bridge pier. Let the string hang down while you do it. When you're aiming at the top of the bridge pier, clamp the string against the protractor with your thump. Write down the angle you get.

When you get back home, take a piece of paper and draw a line for the ground level/water level. Take a ruler and using a measurement such as 1/4" = 1', measure out the scale baseline between the bridge pier and your stake, whatever the distance you measured in the field. Then, using a protractor, from the end of the line where the stake would be, draw a line at the angle you measured with the protractor and string. Draw a line running at right angles from your baseline at the position of the bridge pier. Where the angle line and this line intersects is the height of your bridge pier. Measure that line from the baseline to the angled line, using the same scale you used for the baseline (say 1/4" = 1"). This will give you a fairly accurate estimate of the height of the bridge without having to use phsyics or complicated math. That's how foresters estimate the height of trees, by the way.

Hardin Bridge
Posted June 1, 2011, by Matthew Jones (mjone182 [at] students [dot] kennesaw [dot] edu)

Reportedly, the new Harbin Bridge is open, quite a few days ahead of schedule and under budget (!!). Hopefully can get out there soon to take a few pictures and see if I can post them here.

Hardin Bridge
Posted July 5, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

I walked to the bridge but parked my truck where the construction barricade is on the north side. You probably could still put in there, I would just be extremely careful due to the work being done on the new bridge and possible security concerns by the contracting company. Hope that helps.

Hardin Bridge
Posted July 5, 2010, by kenneth sullins (dangerranger9991 [at] aol [dot] com)

i was told that you cant get to hardin bridge anymore and the road was completley closed. is this true i was wanting to go raftting over there and i used to put in at hardin bridge is that still posiable

Hardin Bridge
Posted July 16, 2009, by Brelin Zimmerman (bzimmerman [at] tiger [dot] brenau [dot] edu)

My boyfriend fell off this bridge and broke his neck and is now paralyzed.

Hardin Bridge
Posted June 29, 2009, by Rusty (RustyNPatricia [at] aol [dot] com)

This Was Always One Of Our Favorite Spots

In Taylorsville......I Remember New Years Of 1996

We Shot Fireworks Off The Bridge..

Hardin Bridge
Posted April 16, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

To find out the status of a bridge repair, or new construction of a bridge, you need to contact the County road department, or the County Judge for the county the bridge is located in. The County Judge is usually responsible for initiating bridge projects, and the County road department for supervising them.

Hardin Bridge
Posted April 16, 2009, by Missy (dwebfour [at] aol [dot] com)

I am also wondering how to even find out the status of the construction of a new bridge. We moved to an area near the bridge last year and it would be so muchmore convenient if we could cross the bridge to access hwy 411. I tried to google hardin bridge construction project and didnt get any related info.... just this historic bridge link.

I'm with Steve, does anyone out there know how to find out if the bridge will ever be rebuilt?

Hardin Bridge
Posted April 9, 2009, by Steve Nelson (sn8498 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I live nearby and traveled that bridge often too! I haven't seen any signs of construction occurring even though the signs (which are still posted) say construction to begin in 2008.

Does anyone know who we need to write or call to express our need for this bridge? It is a major inconvenience to detour around.



Hardin Bridge
Posted November 17, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Okay, I hope I have this right, it's been awhile and I think I slept through this module in Physics for Dummies. When you do this test, use a small, dense object that won't be subject to drag - like a small rock. (Better than a volunteer who might object to being thrown off a high bridge, especially if it's over a railroad track or a freeway.)

The formula is: H = (1/2)gtē

where... g = velocity, tē= time squared and it's all divided by two.

Velocity (g) is acceleration due to gravity, which is 9.8 m/sec/sec or for those of us metrically challenged, 32 feet/sec/sec.

Your time measurement of dropping the rock being 2 or 2.5 seconds is a little imprecise, but here goes. If we take your 2.5 seconds and square it, we get 6.25 * g or:

6.25 x 32 = 200 / 2 = 100 feet.

I agree that seems a little high, based on the photos, so if we use the same formula but your estimated time of 2 seconds, 2ē is 4*32=128 / 2 = 64' which is, perhaps, a little more believable.

Hardin Bridge
Posted November 17, 2008, by nolan (nolan [dot] donahue [at] gmail [dot] com)

does anyone know how high off of the river this bridge is? i dropped a stone from it and i think it took around 2-2.5 seconds to hit the water. I know theres a physics equation for this but it always ends up coming to 80-100' which seems too high but im really not sure.

Hardin Bridge
Posted September 18, 2008, by Greg McCary (cosmonaut1959 [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

I took pictures of this bridge in Dec of 07 as well.


Hardin Bridge
Posted August 24, 2008, by tim (krhphotobug [at] aol [dot] com)

I was curious as to if the Hardin Bridge will ever be

opened again for car traffic? I used to go to work this

way from Taylorsville to Calhoun..