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Clarkson Covered Bridge, Cullman County – one of the longest covered bridges standing in the Deep South

The bridge was reopened March 24, 2015

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Cullman County, Alabama

Cullman County’s historic Clarkson Covered Bridge turned 100 last year and is getting spruced up with the goal of attracting more tourists and local residents.

This two span, Town truss bridge, crosses a deep gorge of Crooked Creek, is 270 ft. long and 12 ft. wide. It is one of the longest bridges standing in the Deep South. Constructed in 1904, the bridge had extensive repairs made in 1923. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is owned by the Cullman County Commission

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining covered bridge in Cullman County. It is currently the second-longest existing covered bridge in Alabama and one of the longest in the United States.

Erected for $1,500, the Clarkson Covered bridge was originally called the Legg bridge, named after the landowner on whose property it was built. Using a system of plank latticework attached to horizontal outside pieces, the bridge was an innovation in load-bearing timber construction. The unusual lattice style of planks on the structure form a webbing which, in conjunction with only vertical forces used on the abutments, allows the bridge to withstand an excessive amount of weight. A Civil War skirmish, the Battle of Hog Mountain, was fought here on April 30, 1863.

The Cullman County Commission and citizens of Cullman restored the Clarkson Covered Bridge site in 1976 for the American Bicentennial and added a park with shaded picnic grounds, a Dogtrot Log Cabin, grist mill, and hiking trails.

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  1. I haven’t seen this bridge, but hope to see it in May.

  2. Covered bridges are so pretty. Had one in Livingston Al years ago. Don’t know if they still have it. Not long like this one.

  3. round 2? Keeli Mallory Sam Foster Kevin Wedge

  4. You may not remember this, but we tried to find this covered bridge once while we were travelling in AL on vacation. We never found it.

  5. My grandparents are from northern Alabama in Mt. Hope.

  6. Been here on a picnic, years ago. Lovely bridge

  7. glad it is still there.beauiful!!!!!!!! Thank you for the effort to keep this family my past is from Alabama.


  9. We have been there. It is beautiful! !

  10. I would love to see that

  11. We usually visit this bridge then travel west to the natural bridge. One man made. One God made. Equally interesting!

  12. I so enjoy your posts. Love this bridge.

  13. Malcolm Robertson Susan Robertson

  14. I have fond memories of a particular cover bridge over the Choccolocco Creek, Talladega County, near Lincoln, which was just down the hill from our house. I had my first kiss at the edge of this all wood, covered bridge in 1951. We fished, skipped rocks on the water, and other fun things around this bridge. For fun, we’d sit on our front porch and when something was coming across the one-way bridge we would try and guess if it was a horse-n-buggy, a mule drawn wagon or a Model T or a new car….was lots of fun. I miss them, and hard-packed, clay roads….memories are so fun!

  15. LaDonna Floyd Dervin remember our visit here?

  16. Been there several times, beautiful bridge.

  17. Been there it is beautiful!

    1. Thanks!

  18. We were just there last month. Beautiful bridge.

  19. We had a picnic down on the creek years ago it was so much fun..

  20. Is this the one leading to the gristmill?? If not can anyone enlighten me?? Was there once..pretty sure it was in Cullman??

    1. David Sivley Cullman County.

    2. David Sivley I saw a covered bridge I think at Kymulga mill.

    3. I have been here , our clogging team clogged here for a festival they had . Really enjoyed going and taking part in the festivities.

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