4 votes

Cordell Hull Bridge


Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #154421

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Cumberland River on NFA A392 in Carthage
Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1934-36; rehabilitated 1992 and 2014
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
3 span continuous through truss
Length of largest span: 315.9 ft.
Total length: 1,412.1 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 2009
Also called
Carthage Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.24840, -85.95471   (decimal degrees)
36°14'54" N, 85°57'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/593914/4012006 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 800A3920001 (Tennessee bridge number)
NRHP 09000951 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32705 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status per forum post
  • November 19, 2012: New photo from Martha Carver
  • November 12, 2012: New photos from Martha Carver
  • November 21, 2011: Updated by J.P.: bridge listed on nrhp
  • October 25, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated name, rehab plans, and bridge type.
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • February 6, 2010: New photos from J.P.



Cordell Hull Bridge
Posted October 22, 2014, by Robert Elder

This one has been painted white and looks great. This one should be around for a long time.

Cordell Hull Bridge
Posted July 2, 2014, by BSB

This bridge reopened today. 7/2/14. It's as beautiful as ever. It's a big part of Carthage and the people who live here love it. What an awesome old bridge!

Cordell Hull Bridge
Posted November 12, 2012, by Martha Carver

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has on file at least four nice imgages from 1941 for this bridge. To view, go to their website


and in the search box, I would suggest

+carthage +bridge (no "" and use space after carthage)

This will also pull up an image of the bridge that predates this bridge.

Cordell Hull Bridge
Posted October 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is an extremely unusual bridge. It has a design that is similar to the arch cantilever design where a deck truss transitions into a through truss, but this bridge doesn't appear to have a cantilever because the thru truss span has the typical Tennessee hybrid K/Parker truss design.

Elevation views appear to be nearly impossible to get, but here is the best view I could find: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/29972196