Smalling Bridge

This through truss, 200′ long or so, spans the Watauga River at 36.34587, -82.28300.  Luckily, whoever tried to pry the maker plate from the bridge failed – thank you.  Some antique dealers, knowing these plates have been vandalized from existing bridges, buy them anyway and sell them outside the area.  I saw one plate for sale on “American Pickers”.  Anyway, as you can see, this is a 1941 vintage structure, made with Tennessee steel.  It is located on Smalling Road, hence the name.







Here’s the maker plate:


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