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Guide to U.S. Covered Bridges

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  • Bridge Name: Big Branch
  • The name of the bridge
  • Other Name:
  • This online database stores one 'main' name and one alternate name per bridge. It is possible that locally, the alternative name is the one predominantly used. It is also valid for a bridge to have many other aliases that are not listed here.

  • Bridge is lost?: yes
  • If "yes", the bridge has been lost and no longer exists.

  • Builder:
  • Person(s), companies, or goverment entities involved in physically building the bridge
  • Primary Truss Type: Town
  • The PRIMARY TRUSS TYPE field lists a predetermined set of common truss types found on covered bridges. This list was derived from an examination of the most common truss types listed in the World Guide, as well as from the Historic American Engineering Record's "Covered Bridge Manual". It is recognized that the list as given does not fully describe the variety of truss types in existence. For this reason, the TRUSS TYPE DESCRIPTION field is given to provide a short description of the selected bridge's truss style.
  • Truss Type Description: Town
  • This field displays either the truss type as originally recorded in the World Guide, or provides a fuller text description of the truss beyond what is available in the TRUSS TYPE field.

  • Open Access?: no
  • If no, the bridge is currently inaccessbile. Else, it is.
  • Private Owner?: no
  • This field states whether or not the bridge is privately owned.
  • Restriction: none/unknown
  • Notes a primary restriction on accessing the bridge, if applicable.

  • National Register Property?: no
  • Is the bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If "yes", check the ID tab for a possible reference number.
  • National Historic Landmark?: no
  • If "yes", the bridge is a National Historic Landmark.
  • National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark?: no
  • If "yes", the bridge is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

  • Number of Lanes: 0
  • Hover over field names for more information.
  • Spans: 1
  • Number of spans, recorded as a number
  • Spans Comment:
  • Spans as originally recorded in the World Guide, which may include a symbol or text description such as "1+"
  • Length: 50 ft
  • Generic length of bridge
  • Length is Estimated?: no
  • If "yes", length measurement(s) have been noted from an estimate and do not necessarily reflect an official measurement.
  • Length at Clear Span: 0 ft
  • Length of bridge at clear span
  • Length at Truss: 0 ft
  • Length of bridge at truss
  • Length at Housing: 0 ft
  • Length of bridge at housing
  • Height: 0 ft
  • Generic height of bridge
  • Width at Clear Span: 0 ft
  • Width of bridge at clear span
  • Width at Truss: 0 ft
  • Width of bridge at truss
  • Width at Housing: 0 ft
  • Width of bridge at housing
  • Historic Use: UNSPECIFIED
  • Bridge use, if specified, may include: foot, highway, rail, or aqueduct.
  • Current Use: UNSPECIFIED
  • Bridge use, if specified, may include: foot, highway, rail, or aqueduct.

  • History:
  • Short history of bridge, if available

  • Comment: Moved to Lidy's Lake in Cullman County in 1958.
  • Comment field may expand upon other fields in the database or provide a description of the bridge in a manner that is not otherwise available in the World Guide.
Related IDs
ID ID Source Link
01-05-14x World Guide Number
This table lists the known IDs for the selected bridge. ID sources include: World Guide Number, HABS/HAER (NPS), State DOT, National Bridge Inventory, National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmark, CCN (Library of Congress Call Number), or 'Other'. A clickable web link will appear in the Link column when there is an external web page associated with that ID. This is currently the case with only Library of Congress Call Numbers.
Event Year Year Is
on Date
on Event
Built 1926 No 1926
Moved/Relocated 1958 No 1958 Moved
This table displays a record of known events related to the selected bridge. Events may include but are not limited to actions such as Built, Damaged, Repaired, Moved, etc. YEAR IS ESTIMATE notes whether or not the given year is a rough estimate. In many cases, the exact year of an event is unknown. A more liberal description of the time-period may be listed under COMMENT ON DATE. For example, a bridge built around 1940 may be listed under this field as "c1940", "1940s", or even "around 1940-41". COMMENT ON EVENT may provide a short description of the listed event.
State County Town Crossing Directions Note
Alabama Blount Big Branch (original location)
This table displays a list of known locations for the selected bridge. A bridge may have multiple listed locations if the bridge was relocated, or if it spans two political boundaries (such as states or counties.)

  • About the Slider Tabs

    • Map -- The map displays a marker representing the location of the chosen bridge. The 'hybrid' or 'satellite' view allows the user to zoom to a large-scale for greater detail on the ground.

    • Street View -- When available, this panel will display a Google Street View panoramic image at or within close proximity of the selected bridge. Users may pan and zoom along the image. When a nearby Street View is not available, this panel does not display any content.

    • Panoramio -- Panoramio is web service that allows the public to upload geo-tagged photographs for display on web maps and in Google Earth. This panel will display photos that were taken within a certain distance from the selected, existing bridge and display them in a slide show. In some cases, Panoramio will display photos that were taken close to the bridge but are not necessarily ones that contain the bridge as a subject. When no photos are available, this panel does not display any content.

    • Truss Type Chart -- This tab displays an interactive pie chart showing the various truss types of existing bridges from the same state as the currently selected bridge. While it is possible that the selected bridge may cross state boundaries or have been moved between states, the panel currently selects just one related state for statistical display.

    • Year Chart -- This line graph details the number of covered bridges built and lost over time for the same state as the currently selected bridge. All stats are generalized values. For example, a bridge listed as built "circa 1940s" would be counted as built in 1940, even though the actual year may have fallen later in that decade. The purpose is to provide a general description of bridge prevalence over time, and not to display concrete figures for any one year.

    • *The Map, Street View, and Panoramio tabs only display data for existing bridges with known locations.