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O&W Bridge


Oneida & Western Bridge over South Fork

Wood deck with approach fencing

Photo taken by Bob Davis 0n May 25, 2009


BH Photo #140656



Whipple through truss bridge over Big South Fork Cumberland River on O & W Road
Scott County, Tennessee
Open to vehicles, horses, and pedestrians
Built in the 1880s; Bridge relocated to this site in 1915 by the Nashville Bridge Co.; Used as a railroad bridge until 1954.
- Nashville Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
- Oneida & Western Railroad (O&W)
Whipple through truss
Also called
Oneida and Western Railroad Bridge
O&W - South Fork Cumberland River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.45412, -84.65158   (decimal degrees)
36°27'15" N, 84°39'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/710454/4036882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Honey Creek
942 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
O&W Bridge No. 6
BH 42614 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 17, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • January 3, 2016: Updated by Luke: Fixed wayward GPS + changed default name to name used by Google/Seems to be the one used by locals
  • May 26, 2009: Added by Bob Davis


  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


O&W Bridge
Posted August 7, 2017, by Donna Martin (truewest [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great News! In November 2016 Scott County was able to get a grant to refurbish this bridge. In March 2017 the wood on the bridge was replaced to make it safe for vehicle, foot and equine travel once again. The bridge leads into Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area where camping, hiking, mountain biking and equine trails are available.

Donna Martin, Owner, OHP

True West Campground, Stables & Mercantile, LLC

Oneida & Western Railroad Bridge over South Fork Cumberland River
Posted January 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this picture with a write-up:


To me, the lower portal braces (circular elements without crosses) suggest either Variety Iron Works or Keystone Bridge Co. In any event, the bridge was likely originally build for a main line in the 1880s and sold used to this short line in 1915 to be incorporated in this crossing. Nashville Bridge Co. being the erector in 1915, not the fabricator of the Whipple truss.

Oneida & Western Railroad Bridge over South Fork Cumberland River
Posted July 26, 2009, by Anonymous

I actually live in Scott Co. where the bridge is located, and the park service allows the bridge to be used by vehicles, pedestrians, and horses. Although crossing the bridge with a horse is at your own risk. They have signs posted about the horses just before you cross. Hope this helps!! -Justin Roberts

Oneida & Western Railroad Bridge over South Fork Cumberland River
Posted May 26, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Has this been repurposed to a vehicle bridge, or is it pedestrian only?