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Clinch River Bridge


Clinch River Bridge

1920s view

Photo from old postcard

BH Photo #501699


Construction on the bridge begun in the fall of 1897 and finished in early fall 1898 and cost $47,500 and was built by the Youngstown Bridge Company. It was located on the Harriman and Kingston Pike with one end at the bluff between the old Clark Ferry and Sevier Ferry. This would be between the current US70 (SR1) and SR58 river bridges in Kingston. A 1922 article mentioned the Dixie Highway crossed it.

The state’s construction of the two toll bridges to the northwest and southwest of Kingston in the late 1920s changed the road patterns in this area, and this bridges became a local road.

TVA’s construction of the Watt’s Bar Dam, which began in 1939, required the removal of the bridge. In November 1939, the county sold the bridge for scrap. The highest bidder purchased the bridge for $1,075.


Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Clinch River on road
Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee
Replaced by a new bridge
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.87659, -84.52706   (decimal degrees)
35°52'36" N, 84°31'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/723249/3973084 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2022: Updated by Martha Carver: Added historical information
  • July 20, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from through truss to deck truss and added stuff.
  • July 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs


  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net