Built by Seaboard Air Line, this bridge has been abandoned for years. It’s located between Omaha, Georgia, and Cottonton, Alabama, and is visible from the Georgia Highway 39 Spur. Jackie Purdy writes that there is another vertical-lift bridge operated by CSX on the Savannah River.
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Some sources have listed the date of construction for this landmark as 1916; 1928 is the accepted year per the construction records of the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company. The style is known as “through-truss” and this is one of just a handful of surviving rotating bridges in Georgia.
Tina Clay recalls: My grandparents lived on the Jeff Davis side of that river until the road was widened in the 80’s. They owned the land up to the river. My grandmother actually watched that bridge being built. It was prior to the bridge for auto travel when there was still a ferry in operation. I also lived there until I was 8 (when the road was widened). The train trestle was actually made to turn and rotate to allow larger ships passage down the river. That was one of the main reason to have someone on lookout. They also kept carrier pigeons up there and used them to communicate up and down the river.
Built by J. W. Baughman in 1891, this 121-foot span over McDonald’s Ford was restored by John Cherry in 1984. It is the southernmost covered bridge in the United States. Baughman’s grandson, J. W. Baughman III, writes that he was born in 1861 in Lexington, South Carolina, and died in 1923 in Dothan. Iron gates have now been placed at both ends of the bridge due to graffiti and other damage to the bridge.
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Joiner Smith shared this great memory of the old water tower and Newington: I grew up at Longwood Plantation about 5 miles from Newington. Graduated from Screven County High School in 1964. My mother taught grammar school in Newington. School has since burned. When I was in high school, Cairo Pickle Company would open a cucumber plant during the summer adjacent to this water tank for local farmers to sell their cucumbers About 8 of us boys worked there. The big deal was who could throw a cucumber over the water tank. I could. Newington used to have a theater, pharmacy/drug store, several service stations, grocery stores, doctor office, cafe, hardware store, ice house, wooden water tower for filling up the train, greyhound bus stop, barber shop and the Big Ape beer store just outside of town – time moves on.