Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Markerman62
N 32° 24.385 W 087° 01.071
16S E 498321 N 3585485
Quick Description: On the river in Selma
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 2:24:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMNAMB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 2

Long Description:
Toll Fees
(Until 1900)
5¢ Pedestrians
10¢ Peddlers, Horseman
25¢ 1 Horse Buggy
50¢ 2 Horse Buggy
75¢ 4 Horse Buggy
Camelback type
High Truss Bridge
1- 228’ Swing Span
2- 200’ Fixed Spans
1- 265’ Approach
Built by
Milwaukee
Bridge Works
Cost: $55,000 (1885)

The corner stone of the 1st bridge across the Alabama River in Dallas County was laid in Nov. 1884 and the bridge opened in 1885. There were three spans, the north span would turn to allow river traffic to pass. When open the steamers had only a 100 foot clearance between the piers. The turning operation required a bridge tender to manually turn the capstan to open the span. He lived at the existing house, with his family, and was on duty 24 hours a day. Tolls were collected until 1900 when the County purchased the bridge for $65,000 and made it free to cross. On May 25, 1940 the modern Edmund Pettus Bridge opened and the old bridge was removed. Only the curved landing, the cornerstone and the house survive today.
Marker Name: Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
http://www.ruralswalabama.org/attractions/bridgetenders-house/


Date Dedicated / Placed: Unknown

Marker Number: None

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