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Doe River Bridge, Spanning Doe River, Third Avenue, Elizabethton, Carter County, TN



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Location
Third Avenue, Elizabethton, TN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER TN-41
Building/structure dates: 1882 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1907 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1938 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1958 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1964 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1986 subsequent work
See HABS No. TN-224, Elizabethton Covered Bridge for further information--5 photos, 1 photo caption page.

Significance: The Doe River Bridge played an integral role in the historical development of the City of Elizabethton and is of interest as one of only a few covered bridges in the United States that survives in an urban setting. The Howe truss, patented in 1840, was the first truss type to use metal for primary structural members, and it dominated American bridge building in the mid-nineteenth century. The original contract documents specified the hip roof design, which resembles European covered bridges but is unique to the United States.

Subjects
Covered Bridges
Transportation
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Matson, Col. Thomas E.
Hunter, E. E.
Howe, William
Johnson, A. T.
Perry, George
Lindamood, Michael
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Bennett, Lola, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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