4 votes

Dodson Bridge


Caney Fork River Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in February 2010


BH Photo #156207


Street View 


Riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Caney Fork River on Big Bottom Rd (CR 2190)
White County, Tennessee
Demolished 7 a.m., Aug. 17, 2011
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1930
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 154.8 ft.
Deck width: 11.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.82420, -85.39420   (decimal degrees)
35°49'27" N, 85°23'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/645053/3965639 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bald Knob
821 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TN 93021900001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32728 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2012)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 22, 2011: New photos from Luke Harden
  • August 16, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is being demolished.
  • August 1, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected name per comment
  • August 1, 2011: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected name per Christine Miller's comment
  • June 23, 2011: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Corrected name, added new pictures and updated information
  • June 22, 2011: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • May 5, 2010: New Street View added by Eddie Douthitt
  • February 24, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Added GPS Coordinates


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Luke
  • Nathan Holth


Dodson Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Chambers Williams (gchambers3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My last visit to this bridge with my sister and granddaughter in 2004.

Dodson Bridge
Posted June 8, 2020, by Chambers Williams (gchambers3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My last visit to this bridge with my sister and granddaughter in 2004.

Dodson Bridge
Posted April 24, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Demolition of this bridge was required because TDOT's desire is to demolish every single truss bridge in the state. This statement was on the record in a news article a while ago. In order to meet this goal, even bridges for which replacement is not needed must still be demolished.

Dodson Bridge
Posted April 24, 2012, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree.. this was a dumb demolition.. tearing this bridge down and not even leaving it as an historic ruin is a bonehead decision somewhere in this county. Tearing this one down made no sense whatsoever..it's not as if it handled a ton of traffic. I'm glad I got to spend some quality time there.

Dodson Bridge
Posted August 23, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Seriously...... I was expecting to see some major section loss and pack rust... but mostly see nothing more than light surface rust.

Would like to know what the ADT count is for this one... seems like a big waste of the taxpayer's money.

Dodson Bridge
Posted August 23, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Now that the deck is removed and the beautiful, NOT deteriorated floorbeams are visible it is quite clear how pointless, wasteful, and stupid this demolition is.

Dodson Bridge
Posted August 22, 2011, by Christine Miller (crabmill [at] blomand [dot] net)

Dodson Bridge 8-21-2011

Dobson Bridge
Posted July 31, 2011, by Christine Miller (sammo [dot] miller [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The correct name of the bridge is DODSON not Dobson. The photo posted in 2007 by Artie is not the Dodson Bridge. It may be the Butts Bridge on Hickory Valley Road but difficult to tell.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted May 5, 2010, by Tammy Cooper (tammy [dot] cooper [at] rx [dot] omnicare [dot] com)

i grew up right down from this bridge..at times this bridge was my best friend..i would go there and just sit staring down at the river sometimes even talking to the bridge..not to far down the river there was a rope swing & diving board that we sure enjoyed on hot hot summer days...i even once along with my cousin mark..had a real smart idea to walk along the bottom part of the bridge, our feet barely fit but we skooted with our backs against the steel and went slowly..inch by inch...my boyfriend was on top of the bridge just yelling at us...we were laughing at him...now that i look back and think about that, it scares me to think we could of fallen..but when youre 16 u dont think!!! i now live states away but went back to hickory valley a couple years ago to visit the past...as i walked on the bridge i felt as if it still remembered me.i sure felt at home on that ole bridge..i was so excited when my cousin mark sent me this e-mail address and told me to just look it up..what a great surprise..im so glad to see someone else loves it.....

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted April 19, 2007, by Artie Bernt (artiebee [at] mtco [dot] com)

I lived in Crossville, TN for several years. I know the Caney Fork Bridge very well. It's pretty far off the beaten path, up in a very rural mountain. It's a very shallow river, great for swimming picnics, and a pretty decent trout hole a little further up river. It's a really nice bridge. Here is a picture I took of it a few years ago. (You may get more bridge shots from me - I'm a photigraphy buff, and I'm working on a "Bridges" series now.