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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.

Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

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  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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