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Gainesboro in Jackson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Austin Peay Bridge

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
1. The Austin Peay Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
The Austin Peay Bridge once spanned the river here. Built in 1928 by Montgomery and Parker of Rockport, Indiana, and the Nashville Bridge Company for the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, the bridge replaced a nearby ferry crossing. It was named in honor of Governor Austin Peay, Tennessee's “Road Building Governor.”

Before its demolition in 1994 the Austin Peay Bridge contained 3 trusses composed of steel members in triangular patterns which distributed weight allowing the bridge to carry loads. The main span was a rare K-truss, named for its “K” configuration.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2D 34.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 22.357′ N, 85° 39.139′ W. Marker is in Gainesboro, Tennessee, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 56 and State
The Austin Peay Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
2. The Austin Peay Bridge Marker
Highway 85, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 56. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 Highway 85, Gainesboro TN 38562, 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. Cumberland River Campaign (approx. ¾ mile away); Confederate Field Hospital (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jamie Dailey (approx. 1.2 miles away); Alvan Cullen Gillem (approx. 1.2 miles away); Orion Clemens (approx. 1.3 miles away); Michaux's Discovery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Judge John Jordan Gore (approx. 3.1 miles away); Flynn Creek Impact Crater (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesboro.
 
The Austin Peay Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
3. The Austin Peay Bridge Marker
The Austin Peay Bridge image. Click for full size.
Historic American Engineering Record, 1990
4. The Austin Peay Bridge
Courtesy Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 27, 2021