The junction box identifies this crossing as Hatfield. The town of Hatfield, though, is a little over 5 miles to the northwest. I was looking slightly north northwest when I took this picture. I’m just across Tug Fork from Williamson KY yard. The truss bridge, canted to bear the weight shift on a curve, was made by Virginia Bridge and Iron, in Roanoke, in 1913. The road is Kentucky 292. If you look just above the bridge, you can see part of a long coal conveyor belt.
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:
These two open camelback truss bridges, made by “American Bridge Co. of New York U.S.A. 1910” (the plates are the same on both…they’ve survived for 104 years!) are located on a dead L&N line that came out of Cawood KY and joined a line that came from Three-Point KY and moved on to Harlen and, probably, Baxter. The date is right to the line. I don’t know when this line went dead, but both these bridges have been converted to pedestrian use (people walked through the wet cement, scrawled their names and initials, but a date? Not going to happen.) This was part of the Cumberland Valley extension of the L&N that, through interchanges and leasing, heads Lynch and beyond (“To infinity and beyond!“).
This one’s just outside Cawood at 36.78422, -83.23707, looking generally west.
This is the date plate on the above bridge
This bridge is west of the one above. It’s at 36.81457, -83.28791. It’s between Chevrolet and Grays Knob KY (looking NE)