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Lower Gassaway Bridge 40-39-02


Title page of survey drawings

Location on map

Uploaded by Clark Vance

View this photo at lcweb2.loc.gov

BH Photo #263989


Lost Howe through truss bridge over Twelve Mile Creek on SC 137
Pickens County, South Carolina
Built ca 1900, collapsed 1982
6-panel Covered Howe (Single) Through Truss
Span length: 68.0 ft.
Total length: 68.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.80012, -82.74886   (decimal degrees)
34°48'00" N, 82°44'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/340017/3852270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37661 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added info on loss
  • October 16, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey


  • Kim Harvey
  • HABS SC-396 - Lower Gassaway Bridge, State Route 137, spanning Twelve Mile Creek, Norris vicinity, Pickens County, SC
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Lower Gassaway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Don Morrison

Whatever it is at those coordinates looks like it might be an old span. It may have connected River Street to Six Mile Norris Highway. It may also just be a flatbed trailer or something. Bing bird's eye is not clear at all, and Google maps shows low quality.

Looks like a number of roads in the vicinity are named "____ Bridge Road", but there are also a number of modern bridges.

It looks like a neat area to explore, with old dams and other interesting sites as well.

Lower Gassaway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I wish I had seen your comment before I went up there last Thursday! I was within a quarter mile of the lat/long that you gave. I'll take solace in the fact that I was pressed for time and might not have had a chance to look at what you spotted and will just have to venture back up there in a few weeks!

Lower Gassaway Bridge
Posted August 19, 2013, by Don Morrison

The HABS documentation in the link suggests that the bridge collapsed in 1982. It was a 6 panel Howe covered bridge.

This bridge page was probably added in 2008 from the HABS Docs, since it has no map location and no photos.

That said, Google maps does show something possibly of interest at 34.774537,-82.773008

Lower Gassaway Bridge
Posted August 19, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sadly, I believe this bridge has actually been demolished since it was intially posted in 2008. I do not see it on any aerial shots of the area. I will follow-up with field recon & update listing, if needed. If it's still there, I'll get a picture up on the site.