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Buena Vista Ford Bridge


View Of Bridge In Setting, Looking Northwest

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #196614


Pratt pony truss bridge over Round Lick Creek on McClanahan Road
Smith County, Tennessee
Now open to bicycle-foot traffic in Loudon, Tennessee
Built 1907, new bridge built 1985, pony truss relocated to Loudon County, Loudon City Legion Park 1986.
- William T. Young Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
A pin-connected Pratt pony truss, flanked by steel I-beams. Also has a fish-bellied" bottom chord providing more stability and the maximum length that a lighweight pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge could be built. Top chords and end posts are channels with lacing on top and battens underneath. Bottom chords are paired rectilinear eyerods, and counters are single rectilinear tie rods.
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 117.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.18477, -86.08005   (decimal degrees)
36°11'05" N, 86°04'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/582719/4004834 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Middleton
776 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2011: New photo from Calvin Sneed
  • June 18, 2011: Updated by Calvin Sneed: After new bridge was built, this Pratt pony truss was relocated to Loudon County in 1986 and reassembled intact. Entry is now "Loudon City Legion Park" in that county.
  • March 30, 2011: Added by K. A. Erickson

Related Bridges 


  • K. A. Erickson
  • HAER TN-18 - Buena Vista Ford Bridge, Spanning Round Lick Creek on McClanahan Road, Carthage vicinity, Smith, TN
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com