2 votes

Old Copper Mine Bridge


Side view of bridge looking west.

Photo taken by JT Legg in March 2010

BH Photo #158180



Bridge appears to be in good condition, but deck is missing. Bridge is located over an area of shoals just to the west of the modern Copper Mines Road bridge.


Written by Eddie Douthitt

According to the locals we spoke with, when it was in use, they always called it the Copper Mine Bridge. Since the road was rerouted in 1976, I suppose the new bridge would get that name and the old one should have old in front of it, thus, Old Copper Mine Bridge.


Abandoned warren pony truss bridge over Chestatee River on Old alignment of Copper Mine Road
Lumpkin County, Georgia
Abandoned when Copper Mines Road was relocated in 1976
Warren pony truss
Also called
Chestatee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.54413, -83.88846   (decimal degrees)
34°32'39" N, 83°53'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/234929/3826281 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44463 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,780)
Georgia (646)
Lumpkin County, Georgia (4)
Missing deck (50)
Pony truss (16,569)
Riveted (2,243)
Savable (36)
Truss (33,892)
Warren pony truss (3,455)
Warren truss (6,732)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2010: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt
  • March 16, 2010: Added by James Legg


  • JT Legg - talmo346 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Old Copper Mine Bridge
Posted November 10, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

Thank you for posting and sharing your memories. We would love to see the 1955 picture.


Old Copper Mine Bridge
Posted November 9, 2010, by janie wigley (janiewigley1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So many wonderful summer afternoons I spent splashing in the Chestatee River right below the bridge with my brother, sister and cousins. I remember the entrance to the old copper mine and that when we would step just inside it a few feet, the air would be really cold.

I have a picture of my daddy, me, my brother and sister circa 1955 with the bridge in the picture. I'll scan it and post it.