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Historic bridges of the Atlanta area

There were several historic bridges around the originated as ferries, dating back to the 1820s and 1830s, and carrying travelers across the Chattahoochee River and several other smaller rivers. Several were also covered bridges, a very few of which remain as historic sites.

Abbott's Bridge

Crossed the Chattahoochee River near present day Johns Creek and Duluth

Blair's Bridge

Brown's Bridge

Brown's Bridge was a covered bridge located between Coal Mountain. Just upstream of the original bridge location, a modern bridge carries the road over the lake. To see more information on the modern Browns Bridge, click Browns Bridge

A different Brown Bridge (not Browns) was located near Covington.

Cheshire Bridge

White settlers originally settled the corridor in the 1820s. Two of these early settlers were Napoleon and Jerome Cheshire, two brothers who owned farms on opposite sides of South Fork of Peachtree Creek, and connected their farms by a bridge known as the Cheshire Bridge, giving the Cheshire Bridge Road its name.[1][2]

Concord Covered Bridge

Concord Covered Bridge, Smyrna, Georgia, USA

The Concord Covered Bridge is still located on Covered Bridge Road (past Concord Road) west of Smyrna, and is part of the county historic district named for it. It still carries cars over Nickajack Creek, but is one lane at a time. The Silver Comet Trail also runs over the creek on a former railroad trestle very nearby. The East-West Connector, completed in 1997, was designed to protect the area by not connecting to Concord Road, thereby reducing potential traffic counts on the bridge.

Grimes Bridge

Located over Roswell, just north of the Chattahoochee River. Since July 2008, Grimes Bridge Road is closed until 2009 to replace the bridge.[2]

Haynes Bridge

Located near Alpharetta.

Holcomb Bridge

The Holcomb Bridge was over the Chattahoochee River, on what is now the edge of the city of Johns Creek. Holcomb Bridge Road carries freeway was built in the late 1960s.

Howell Bridge

Unlike Canton.

Hudson Bridge

Located near Stockbridge.

Jones Bridge

Formerly Jones Ferry. Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922 falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.

Keith's Bridge

Located near Gainesville, Keith's Bridge was a covered bridge over the Chestatee River. Burned in the late 1940s, it is also now submerged under Lake Lanier. Keith Bridge Road still exists today.

Kimball Bridge

Located near Alpharetta.

Medlock Bridge

Located near Duluth.

Plaster's Bridge

Until around 1915, Piedmont Road was named Plaster’s Bridge Road. It was named for a bridge that Benjamin Plaster built over Peachtree Creek. It was about 300 feet (91 m) downstream from the current bridge spanning the creek on Piedmont Road just south of Lindbergh Drive.[3]

Settles Bridge

Located in Suwanee, and is now a unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Sope Creek covered bridge

Carrying Paper Mill Road over Sope Creek next to the Marietta Paper Mill, it was burned by arsonists in 1967.

State Bridge

State Bridge was located between State Bridge Crossing Elementary School on the Fulton side.

Webb Bridge

Located in Alpharetta.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Cheshire Bridge Road Study", 1999, City of Atlanta Department of Planning, Development and Neighborhood Conservation, Bureau of Planning In conjunction with the Cheshire Bridge Road Task Force
  2. ^ "History", Lindridge-Martin Manor Neighbors Association
  3. ^ Column: "Plaster’s Bridge last vestige of pioneer family", Thornton Kennedy, July 30, 2014, Neighbor Newspapers

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