This famous bridge is famous for being the site of Bloody Sunday, however the bridge is also significant for its engineering design as well. View the National Historic Landmark nomination for a detailed discussion of the bridge's significance in association with Bloody Sunday and the Civil Rights movement. The bridge is so famous in association with these important events in American history, that its significance in terms of engineering and design is often overlooked. The bridge is in fact one of the most significant bridges in Alabama because of its design. It is both one of the most impressive steel arch and concrete arch bridges in Alabama due to the size of the bridge and relative rarity of the bridge types in Alabama. Even the approach concrete arch spans are large. The bridge is also noted for its handsome ornamental and architectural details. This includes gorgeous Art Deco railings. The historic integrity of the bridge is outstanding with no major alterations. The bridge looks much as it did when it was first constructed, and also as it appeared during Bloody Sunday. It is important that this historic integrity be maintained.
Above: Historical postcard showing previous bridge at this location, a through truss swing bridge.
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