Doe River Bridge, Spanning Doe River, Third Avenue, Elizabethton, Carter County, TN
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Third Avenue, Elizabethton, TN
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
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.
Matson, Col. Thomas E.
Hunter, E. E.
Johnson, A. T.
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Bennett, Lola, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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