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

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

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See also HABS No. TN-224 (Elizabethton Covered Bridge) for additional documentation.
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.
Survey number: HAER TN-41
Building/structure dates: 1882-1884 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1907 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: before 1938 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1958 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1964 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1986 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 2003 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 73001754



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Matson, Thomas E
Hunter, E E
Howe, William
Johnson, A T
Perry, George
Lindamood, Michael
Spoden, H T
Marston, Christopher, project manager
Christianson, Justine, transmitter
Federal Highway Administration, sponsor


Elizabethton (Tenn.)36.36829, -82.29449
Google Map of 36.368287, -82.29449079999999


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