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Hannah Ward Bridge


Overview (Northern Portal)

The view of the bridge in summer is almost blocked by vines and trees. One would have to visit the bridge in the fall or winter to get a better view.

Photo taken by James McCray


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BH Photo #167944



Abandoned pennsylvania through truss bridge over Elk River on Hannah Ward Bridge Road
Giles County, Tennessee
Built 1902, abandoned as a "Historic Ruin" in 1988.
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Pennsylvania through truss
Total length: 274.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.02721, -86.94750   (decimal degrees)
35°01'38" N, 86°56'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/504788/3876061 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 45521 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • June 20, 2010: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


Hannah Ward Bridge
Posted March 19, 2017, by Linda Smith (smithsrus [at] gmail [dot] com)

Aerial photos of Hannah Ward Bridge taken March 2017

Hannah Ward Bridge
Posted January 31, 2016, by Garland Fitzpatrick (Oxford, Michigan)

Thank you for the photos and history of this little country bridge. It brought back good memories. I remember that back in the 1950's - 1960's, this bridge was the closest way to get to my grandmother's house when we visited from Michigan. I remember being about 7-8 years old when we drove over it. It was rickity and would make noise. When I grew up, I visited my folks who lived back in the "holler". It was about 1966. I decided to use the bridge. I came up to it, it looked pretty bad, so I decided to test it by walking it before driving over it. It was pretty scary, the wooden boards were coming loose, but I drove over it anyway like everyone else did. Whew! My family, the Kelley's, called it the Hannawah bridge. Today, I was thinking about it and looked it up on the internet spelled Hannawah and I found it even with the wrong spelling! Thank You! It's sad to see that it's gone. Too bad the govt. didn't repair it before it fell into ruins, but I guess bridges are expensive to build and there's probably too many regulations today. No more wooden/steel bridges, just steel bridges.

Hannah Ward Bridge
Posted May 28, 2012, by Chris Wanninger

I want it