Big Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge

Janie Oliver

Kennesaw, United States

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This bridge was built in 1840 and is 252.5 feet long. It is also known as Imlac Covered Bridge. This is the oldest covered bridge in Georgia and is probably the sturdiest. It is still possible to drive across the bridge. This bridge is sometimes called the longest covered bridge in Georgia however it has a 250 foot timber deck approach on one end. So this is the longest bridge in Georgia the longest covered section of a bridge still belongs to Watson Mill Covered Bridge. This bridge has a unsupport span length of 115 feet.

The Georgia historical marker for this bridge reads:

This bridge was built in the 1840s by freed slave and noted bridge builder Horace King (1807-1885). Constructed on the Town lattice design, the bridge’s web of planks crisscrossing with a total of approximately 2,500 wooden pegs, or trunnels. Although King is credited with the construction of many covered bridges throughout west Georgia, this is his only surviving bridge of this design. At 391 feet, including the approaches, this structure is the oldest and longest wooden covered bridge in Georgia.

2001.19 Erected by The Georgia Historical Society, Meriwether Historical Society, Gay Co-op Club and the Meriwether County Commission
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