Melinda Ferry Bridge that replaced a ferry, then a 3-span, steel through truss bridge on this site.
Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in February 2010
BH Photo #157984
Being a resident, I can tell you some of the beauty of this bridge. Driving across it in the morning, most times, there's a wall of fog you must break through to get to Rogersville. It's clear in the valley, but from the river to town its fog, rain or shine.
I always loved the view of this bridge from 11W, going toward R'ville at about Marble Hall Road (looking upriver at a bridge in the distance).
And then there's this:
My brother drowned under the Hugh B. Day bridge 20 yrs ago, they found him just upstream from Melinda Ferry Bridge. His widow's name was Melinda. I always think of him when I cross it.
I, and many others, are connected to it.
Bridges are like songs, they bring forth memories; good and bad... mostly good.
Thanks for reading.
Nathan.. well said. That's why I posted this one. Tennessee is famous for these boring, uneventful bridges. Unfortunately, the state demolished the Warren, three-span that used to be here.
Cliff: Its not historic and its one of the ugliest bridges I have ever seen (which is really saying something). Some contributors post photos of modern bridges to document what replaced a historic bridge (in this case, it was a historic three span through truss according to the description). The hope is people will see how ugly new bridges are and they will be moved to start lobbying Congress to pass increased funding programs for historic bridge preservation.
Not really sure how this bridge is historic... can someone give me some background or something?