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Smithonia in Oglethorpe County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Howard's Covered Bridge

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 21, 2001
1. Howard's Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Built in 1904-05 to replace an earlier structure, this bridge bears the name of a pioneer family who settled near Big Cloud’s Creek in the late 1700s. Constructed in the Town lattice design using convict labor, the 164-foot bridge’s web of planks crisscrosses at 45-to 60-degree angles and are fastened with wooden pegs, or trunnels, at each intersection. The south Georgia timber used in the bridge was transported to Smithonia via the Smith and Dunlap Railroad, a standard gauge steam railroad connecting the farm complex of James Monroe Smith with the Georgia Railroad at Dunlap.
 
Erected 2000 by Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. (Marker Number 109-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 59.19′ N, 83° 8.004′ W. Marker is in Smithonia, Georgia, in Oglethorpe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Chandler Silver Road (County Route 311) and Smithonia Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colbert GA 30628, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cloud's Creek Baptist Church
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By Brian Scott, October 4, 2014
2. Howard's Covered Bridge Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Watson Mill Bridge (approx. 4.3 miles away); William Harris Crawford (approx. 7.3 miles away); A Memorial to William Harris Crawford (approx. 7.3 miles away); Wm H Crawford (approx. 7.3 miles away); Veterans of Oglethorpe County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Governor Gilmer’s Home (approx. 8.2 miles away); Oglethorpe County Confederate Monument (approx. 8.2 miles away); Oglethorpe County (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Howard's Covered Bridge. This bridge goes over the Red Oak Creek. It was build in 1840 and is 252.5 feet long. It's truss is town lattice style. It is not open for traffic. It has a historic marker and there is parking on the side of the road. It is also known as the Imlac Bridge. (Submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Howard's Covered Bridge. Howard's Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge outside of Smithonia, Georgia in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
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By David Seibert, September 3, 2011
3. Howard's Covered Bridge Marker
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1975. (Submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Smithonia & Dunlap Railroad. This seven-mile Oglethorpe County line had the distinction of being built by a farmer to serve his farm. James Monroe Smith needed to haul the products of his plantation, the state's largest at thirty square miles, to market, so after lay-by time in 1888 he put his workers to the task of constructing a railroad. The line was finished in February of the following year. It connected Smithonia, the center of Smith's agricultural enterprises, to the Georgia Railroad at Dunlap, a couple of miles southeast of Winterville. (Submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Smithonia preserves a place in history. Thirteen miles northeast of Athens, in Oglethorpe County, Smithonia is a uniquely significant resource in the agricultural history of the state and the nation, and still plays a role in University of Georgia studies today. (Submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Howard's Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 3, 2011
4. Howard's Covered Bridge Marker
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By David Seibert, April 21, 2001
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By David Seibert, April 21, 2001
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By David Seibert, September 3, 2011
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By Brian Scott, October 4, 2014
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By Brian Scott, October 4, 2014
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Howard's Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 4, 2014
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By Brian Scott, October 4, 2014
11. Howard's Covered Bridge
James Monroe Smith Sitting on His Veranda image. Click for full size.
James Monroe Smith: Georgia Planter, Before Death and After by E. Merton Coulter
12. James Monroe Smith Sitting on His Veranda
Private Train on Smith's Property image. Click for full size.
James Monroe Smith: Georgia Planter, Before Death and After by E. Merton Coulter, circa 1905
13. Private Train on Smith's Property
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,933 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5, 6. submitted on July 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   7. submitted on March 10, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 23, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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