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Beaver Creek Bridge


Coward Creek One Lane Bridge Upstream side

Historic bridge saved by local efforts

Photo taken by Bob Davis on February 24, 2009


BH Photo #134140


Street View 


Solid as the Hills New Stone Arch Over Beaver Creek Nearly Completed, Knoxville Daily Journal, November 30, 1894, page 2, Probably the largest stone arch in the south or the United States, is nearing completion across Beaver creek, near John Maddens’ farm in the nineteenth civil district of this county. The bridge consists of an eighty-foot span, being the segment of a circle, 130 feet in diameter. Its weight is 200 tons. The arch has been turned and the parapet or wall over the arch is in process of completion. The bridge was designed by Prof. J. K. Payne, the well-known mathematician and engineer, and the contractors are Brady & Simpson. The bridge is as durable as the ages and is being constructed at the expense of the county. There are a few bridges with seventy-two foot spans or arches in this country, but none known of the dimensions of this bridge.


Closed spandrel stone arch bridge over Beaver Creek on County Road C199
Knox County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1894; rehabilitated 1990
- Brady & Simpson
Stone Arch
Closed Spandrel
Length of largest span: 79.7 ft.
Total length: 147.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.96889, -84.14778   (decimal degrees)
35°58'08" N, 84°08'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/757197/3984259 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2019)
Inventory numbers
TN 470C1990003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32581 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Initial construction date found in a 1894 newspaper
  • June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • February 25, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis: add coordinates, photos, and stone arch designation


  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com


Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2011, by Barbara Guinn (barbguinn [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You have it named Coward Creek it's Beaver Creek