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GSM - Tuckasegee River Bridge (Bryson City)


Main span

Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath


BH Photo #150258


Street View 


Warren through truss bridge over Tuckasegee River on Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSM)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Six-panel, riveted Warren through truss with plate girder approaches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.42143, -83.45801   (decimal degrees)
35°25'17" N, 83°27'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/276836/3922555 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bryson City
Inventory number
BH 43690 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 15, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 3, 2013: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson
  • July 22, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Laced endposts"
  • December 1, 2009: Added by Matthew Ridpath



GSM Tuckasegee River Bridge (Bryson City)
Posted August 11, 2013, by Barbara Cohen (allbar [at] aol [dot] com)

I would like Matthew Ridpath's permission to use his photograph of this bridge for our web site. I am President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center in Phoenixville PA where this bridge was manufactured. We are doing an update to our web site and will have Phoenix bridges and structures all across the USA. We are a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization. My home phone # is:610-783-0645.

I have attached a "Bridges for our Web Site list that is still a work in progress, but will give you an idea of what we are doing.

Thank you.

Attachment #1 (application/zip; 31,712 bytes)

GSM Tuckasegee River Bridge (Bryson City)
Posted July 21, 2013, by Barbara Cohen (allbar [at] aol [dot] com)

Do you have a date for this bridge?

Bryson City Railroad Bridge
Posted November 20, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

There aren't a lot of detail photos to evaluate, but my guess is later than 1920, but prior to 1940 - with a bias toward the older end of the range. But trying to guess bridge age by construction methods is risky and inaccurate because each builder could - and did - pick and choose various techniques and methods.

Bryson City Railroad Bridge
Posted November 19, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There's most of a builder's plate showing--time for a visit! Too far for me to make a day trip....

Bryson City Railroad Bridge
Posted November 18, 2012, by Dale Bostian (mawmaw [at] ctc [dot] net)

It looks very old. What year was it built in?