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Near Maysville in Banks County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge

 
 
The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
1. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1882, the original Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge was completed, spanning some 127 feet at the cost of a mere $1,433. Vandals burned the old bridge in 1972, spoiling a community landmark and transportation corridor that had been in use for nine decades. Portions of the original footings are still visible today. Efforts to develop the historic shoals as a county park followed. In 1994, work began to secure federal and local funding to rebuild the bridge and to construct a history village. Key players included the Tumbling Waters Society, the Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Committee, DOT board member and Commerce native Steve Reynolds, and state representative and county commissioner Pat Bell. Dr. Cecil Hammond, a retired UGA engineer, developed the first working drawings for the new bridge. An "ISTEA" grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation provided the bulk of the funding for the project, which also included bike paths and related improvements. Private donations and county funds also assisted. The work was completed under the leadership of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Harold Fletcher, chairman. On
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Sept. 22, 2002, the new bridge and bike paths were formally dedicated, marking the culmination of an eight-year effort.
 
Erected by The Tumbling Waters Society of Jackson County, Inc.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list.
 
Location. 34° 12.817′ N, 83° 32.6′ W. Marker is near Maysville, Georgia, in Banks County. Marker is on Hurricane Shoals Park Road, 0.1 miles south of Wheeler Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located at the south end of the bridge, by the parking area for the Hurricane Shoals Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maysville GA 30558, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Privy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Governor L.G. Hardman (approx. 5.1 miles away); Builder of the Nation (approx. 6.6 miles away); Jackson County (approx. 6.8 miles away); James Jackson (approx. 6.8 miles away); Dr. Crawford W. Long and Anesthesia for Surgery (approx. 6.8 miles away); Jackson County War Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Floyd G. Hoard (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
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The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
2. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Marker
 Hurricane Shoals Park. The "Our History" tab of this site (under the Home tab), created by The Tumbling Waters Society of Jackson County, Inc., explains the history of this site from 1784 to the present day. (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
3. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge and Marker
The marker is barely visible by the bench at the left edge of the photo. (The other two markers at the bridge are lists of donors and officials.)
The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
4. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge
The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
5. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge
The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 20, 2012
6. The Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Interior
The bridge is constructed using the Town lattice construction, using a large number of diagonal elements which form a lattice. Ithiel Town patented the design in 1820. Additional bracing has been added to the Hurricane Shoals bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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