Bridges are amazing structures. And while some people love them, many are highly terrified of going over them. Alabama is home to some pretty amazing bridges, and listed below are 10 bridges that you should definitely check out.
1. Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge
Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge, located in Mobile, was the first cable-stayed bridge to ever be built in the state. It was named in honor of Africatown, a Civil War-era settlement that was founded by the last group of African slaves that were brought over to the United States. Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge is 7,291 feet long and opened in 1991.
2. Bibb Graves Bridge
Bibb Graves Bridge, built in 1937, crosses the Coosa River in Wetumpka, connecting the two sides of the city. This bridge is the most unique landmark in Wetumpka and is approximately 140 feet long. Bibb Graves Bridge was named after Governor Bibb Graves and is one of only two bridges in Alabama to be suspended by reinforced concrete.
3. Edmund Pettus Bridge
Built in 1940, Edmund Pettus Bridge, located in Selma, was the site of Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965. On this bridge, armed policemen attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators who were attempting to march to the Alabama State Capitol.
4. Horace King Memorial Bridge
Horace King Memorial Bridge is located in Valley, Alabama and was built in 2003 as an educational tool. It was also built as a memorial to Horace King, a former Civil War-era slave who later became an Alabama legislator.
5. Etowah Memorial Bridge
Etowah Memorial Bridge, also known as Coosa River Memorial Bridge, was built in 1927 and is 1,054 feet long. This bridge was built in memory of the Etowah County WWI veterans.
6. "Steamboat Bill" Memorial Bridges
The "Steamboat Bill" Memorial Bridges are two bridges that span the widest points of the Tennessee River in Decatur, Alabama. One of the bridges is a cantilever truss, and the other bridge is made of reinforced concrete.
7. Old Union Bridge
Old Union Bridge is a privately-owned covered bridge that spans the West Fork of the Little River in Dekalb County. The length of this charming bridge is approximately 90 feet, and it was originally built in 1863 and rebuilt in 1980.
8. O'Neal Bridge
Built in 1939, O'Neal Bridge carries U.S. Route 43 over the Tennessee River, connecting the cities of Sheffield and Florence. This bridge was originally a toll bridge, with a toll cost of 15 cents.
9. Tannehill Valley Covered Bridge
Located in the city of McCalla, and only a couple of miles from Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Tannehill Valley Covered Bridge crosses Mill Creek and is one of only four covered bridges in Jefferson County. This bridge was built in 1972 and is approximately 45 feet long.
10. Thunder Bridge
Thunder Bridge is a beautiful stone arch bridge that spans over a pond in Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery. This bridge is also known as Shakespeare Bridge because Blount Cultural Park is home to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Which bridge is your favorite? Do any bridges in Alabama terrify you? Let us know in the comments below!