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Ellis Cove Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2010


BH Photo #173123


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Originally, the bridge contained an elaborate portal treatment of laced horizontal bracing and arched knee bracing, with a three-circle motif, but Marion County replaced these members with angles in the 1990's, just before the bridge was abandoned.


Abandoned Pratt pin-connected through truss bridge over Battle Creek
Marion County, Tennessee
Abandoned with deck removed, but still intact
Future prospects
Under Category 6 (#24), Tennessee has determined that this bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places because of its former decorative features, and the fact that it was moved, intact, to its present location almost 40 years after its manufacture, and was still in service almost 60 years after that.
Built 1891, relocated to Ellis Cove Road about 1930
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
The bridge contains one 110-foot, pin-connected Pratt through truss, with two steel I-beam spans (both removed, along with wooden decking). Composition of the members is typical of a Pratt truss. Top chords and end posts are channels with battens. Bottom chords and diagonals are paired rectilinear eyebars. Verticals are laced beams, except the hip verticals, which are also paired rectilinear eyebars. The counters are single cylindrical tie rods. One unusual feature are the "V" shaped floor beams.
Length of largest span: 110.0 ft.
Total length: 130.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.08439, -85.74279   (decimal degrees)
35°05'04" N, 85°44'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/614608/3883124 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Pittsburg
663 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45946 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 20, 2018: New photos from Kristen Wells
  • August 17, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 6, 2012: Updated by Martha Carver: Moved location indicator; Google has the road slightly to the west of its actual location, and the bridge is immediately to the west of the road.
  • August 22, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net
  • Kristen Wells - Kristenwells1983 [at] gmail [dot] com


Ellis Cove Bridge
Posted May 24, 2017, by Walter Aertker (waertker [at] aertker [dot] com)

Ellis Bridge and other bridges. How does one find out how to procure and use? I am in the market for an old bridge in middle Tn and it does not need to be wider than 12'.

Thank you