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Wetumpka in Elmore County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wetumpka's Bridges

 
 
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
1. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 1)
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
(side 1)
In 1834, the Wetumpka Toll Bridge Co. built the first of four bridges spanning the Coosa River at this site. It was destroyed in a flood in 1844. A second toll bridge was completed the same year by John Godwin whose slave, Horace King, designed and supervised construction of this covered bridge. Emancipated in 1846, King built numerous bridges in the South and his services were much in demand by the CSA during the Civil War. After the war, he was elected to the state legislature twice by the citizens of Russell Co.

Toll charges for the new bridge were 5 cents for pedestrians or $1 per month for unlimited passage. Passage to church was free. Since the wagon gate closed at 9PM, an extra charge of 25 cents was due the gatekeeper if he was called to open the gate.
(Continued on other side)
(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
Three lighted lanterns hanging from the rafters were the last things seen of the bridge as it washed away in the flood of March 1886. A ferry operated while an iron bridge was built by the Southern Bridge Co. of
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
2. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 2)
Birmingham in 1887. By 1927, bridge deterioration led to a joint $177,440 state-county project resulting in the construction of the fourth bridge in 1931. Denmark native Edward Houk designed the graceful Bibb Graves Bridge, named for then-Governor Graves. The bridge became the picturesque centerpiece for the “City of Natural Beauty.”
 
Erected 2003 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 32.283′ N, 86° 12.348′ W. Marker is in Wetumpka, Alabama, in Elmore County. Marker is on Orline Street 0.1 miles south of Hill Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Orline Street, Wetumpka AL 36092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High Water Mark (a few steps from this marker); Old Calaboose (a few steps from this marker); Elmore County Vietnam War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wetumpka Historical Marker (about 400 feet away); Elmore County Korean War Memorial (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wetumpka Light Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Wetumpka (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wetumpka.
 
More about this marker.
Bibb Graves Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
3. Bibb Graves Bridge
Denmark native Edward Houk designed the graceful Bibb Graves Bridge (the fourth Wetumpka bridge), built in 1931. Wetumpka's First Presbyterian Church is visible at the far end of the bridge.
The marker was moved more than 1000 feet from the north end of the bridge to the south end near the Old Calaboose jail building.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Wetumpka Coosa River Bridges. When you think of Wetumpka landmarks, the bridge over the Coosa River immediately comes to mind... (Submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansBridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker close to the river's edge at south end of bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 26, 2018
4. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker close to the river's edge at south end of bridge.
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 26, 2018
5. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 26, 2018
6. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (reverse)
Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 2) in its former location. image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
7. Wetumpka's Bridges Marker (side 2) in its former location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5, 6. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   7. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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