Photo taken by huck (at) finn.com
BH Photo #103925
When I was researching the name for the McIntyre Bridge which was called the McDowell Bridge for the NRHP, I utilized old maps from the County. Bridges were often named for the people that lived in that area.
In this case I knew the name couldn't be McDowell because there lands were upstream, and in fact, it turned out this was corroborated by older residents, a road worker and the maps.
So if you are a Rutherford from that area, it just might be named after your family. The maps can sometimes be found online, scanned by various groups. Pretty cool research.
How did the bridge get it's name.