This extremely rare cast and wrought iron bowstring is the oldest surviving iron bridge in Alabama. It has been preserved for pedestrian use in a park setting. The bridge features latticed vertical members, which were more common in the later bowstring bridges built by the King Bridge Company.
This bridge was originally part of a four span bridge located over the Black Warrior River on Bridge Avenue between Tuscaloosa and Northport, built in 1882. In 1897 the bridge was replaced, and this single span was moved to New Lexington in northern Tuscaloosa County and placed across North River on Espey Road. By 2010, the bridge span had been relocated and restored here. Originally, the bridge sat over dry land, however a few years later a creek was dug under the bridge making the crossing look authentic.
Lengths given are estimates.
Above: Historical photo showing original bridge from which this span came. Photo Courtesy: Kenneth Willis.
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