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World War I Centennial Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2010


BH Photo #169744

Street Views 


Sgt. Alvin C. York's efforts to better Fentress County's education and living conditions resulted in the first paved road through the area, after he returned from World War I a national hero in 1919.. Tennessee built State Highway 28 in 1925 as Federal Aid Project Number 20-A. Sgt. York himself was instrumental in this bridge being built 15 years later, as the structure itself actually took some of his property. The highway through the area was originally proposed as U.S. 37, but it remained State Highway 28, until the government assigned it U.S. 127 in 1958 as a link in the William Howard Taft Highway from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida. This particular route is labeled by the U.S. Post Office as Taft Highway.


Pratt through truss bridge over Wolf River on U.S. 127 at Pall Mall Community
Pall Mall Community, Fentress County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Construction began 1939, finished July 4, 1940, with Sgt. Alvin C. York as featured speaker.at dedication
- J.M. Hickman Co.
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 159.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Wolf River Bridge
Pall Mall Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.54226, -84.96165   (decimal degrees)
36°32'32" N, 84°57'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/682457/4046028 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pall Mall
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 25SR0280003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32507 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2018: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 17, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Added pictures and historical facts to bridge page after visit
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



York Homeplace Bridge
Posted December 11, 2014, by tony (tbone444 [at] comcast [dot] net)

My Grandfather was a civil Engineer who designed bridges for the Norther RR thru Glacier Park...later a Democratic Party bigwig...seen here at the bridge dedication along with Yost & York.

York Homeplace Bridge
Posted May 23, 2013, by Steve Youell (steveyouell [at] earthlink [dot] net)

My grandfather JM Hickman built this bridge. What a treat to see these photos.

York Homeplace Bridge
Posted October 31, 2012, by Karen (karenghurst [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My Great Uncle (J.M.) company built this bridge. I have been wanting to see his work; thanks for sharing.

York Homeplace Bridge
Posted July 18, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember seeing this bridge many years ago while in high school. My mother and I had visited the area, as her mom was from the Jamestown, Fentress County area. In fact, my great-grandfather G.O. Hurst was a boyhood friend of Alvin York, and I have been told that it was he who taught York how to shoot a gun.

York Homeplace Bridge
Posted July 18, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I like seeing a truss well kept. I see lots of Tennesee trusses doomed or close to being wiped out in favor of the UCEB soon to open.