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Tennessee River Railroad Bridge, Spanning Tennessee River at Alabama Highway 43, Florence, Lauderdale County, AL



B&W Photos

HB52922
BWPhotos 193437

HB52923
BWPhotos 193438

HB52924
BWPhotos 193439

HB52925
BWPhotos 193440

HB52926
BWPhotos 193441

HB52927
BWPhotos 193442

HB52928
BWPhotos 193443

HB52929
BWPhotos 193444

HB52930
BWPhotos 193445

HB52931
BWPhotos 193446


Item Title
BWPhotos 193446

Location
Spanning Tennessee River at Alabama Highway 43, Florence, AL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER AL-204
Building/structure dates: 1858 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1870 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1890 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1893 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1895 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Significance: One of the oldest combination vehicular and railroad bridges in Alabama, the Tennessee River Railroad Bridge played a significant role in the early agricultural and industrial development of the Tennessee Valley and specifically of the Quad-City area (Florence, Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Muscle Shoals). During the early part of the Civil War, it was of primary importance in transporting Confederate troops to the Battles of Shiloh and Corinth to various points strategic to the defense of Western Tennessee. After the bridge was rebuilt in 1870, its use was instrumental in recovery from Reconstruction. After the 1930's, it contributed to the prosperity engendered by creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges


Related Names
Memphis & Charleston Railroad
Edgemoor Bridge Company
Detroit Bridge & Ironworks
Phoenix Bridge Company
Buchanan, Sam, Photographer
Caudle, Mildred W., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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