The Old Lattice Bridge

The Old Lattice Bridge (HMWDJ)

Location: Fort Gaines, GA 39851 Clay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 36.373', W 85° 3.285'

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The second covered bridge across the Chattahoochee River, connecting Clay County, Georgia and Henry County. Alabama was constructed between 1867-69. Bonner and Walden, a New York construction company, were the original contractors but the bridge was completed by Horace King. After the three span bridge collapsed during the flood of March 1875, the original stockholders relinquished control of the structure to the City of Fort Gaines on the condition that the city should rebuild at public expense. A $7,500 bond issue was floated and the bridge was rebuilt by Captain B. B. McKenzie of Eufaula, Alabama.

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Following the reopening of the covered bridge in 1875, the City of Fort Gaines considered levying ad valorem taxes to help retire the bridge repair bond issue. Angry property owners proposed that the city sell the bridge to any person who would guarantee to retire the bonds. After considerable debate, the bridge was sold to David C. Adams who realized a handsome profit on his investment. The flood of March 1888 partially destroyed the bridge again and it was resold to the city for $5,000. The bridge was then rebuilt by William King, son of Horace King. The covered bridge was in use until 1925 when the Henry- Clay cantilever bridge was opened.
Year Placed1987
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and the Clay County Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 684536 N 3498431
Decimal Degrees31.60621667, -85.05475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 36.373', W 85° 3.285'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 36' 22.38" N, 85° 3' 17.10" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-103 Bluff St, Fort Gaines GA 39851, US
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