Pier from original bridge
Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in July 2015
BH Photo #334043
Three bridges were built on this site. The piers underneath the bridge in the background date from 1840. The second bridge in the background was built in 1903, and the present one in 1975. Here is a photo of the bridge in Sept. 1975.
Good pics, in area I've have focus on. I'm searching for the "Dickerson's Bridge" site, very close by, slightly up steam, but before Tabb's Creek. Troop movements crossed bridge 5/1/1865, but other troop movements mention it being washed out 5/3/165. Did you happen to see any other man made structures in area?
While the railroad was built around 1839 the Tar River bridge of this entry was from around 1900. The current bridge was from 1975. The really interesting thing that needs to be resurrected is the Tar River crossing before 1900 which I expect was in a different location and much lower.
At the time it was built, the tallest in the country.