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Location DB > United States > Georgia > Cumming > Poole's Mill Bridge
Poole's Mill Bridge
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created by Ammoclip on 11/9/2010 4:05 PM
last modified by Ammoclip on 11/10/2010 11:19 PM
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This bridge was an awesome location until they turned it into a park in 1998. I remember getting fucked up here in the 1990s and staying till morning. Besides the bridge there was a river beach and rocks to play on slightly downstream from the bridge.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
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Poole's Mill Road
Cumming, Georgia
United States
Owner: Forsyth County, GA
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    Covered bridge.
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1901
    Closed: 1986
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    This bridge was built in 1901 by Bud Gentry. It is 94.6 feet long by 14.5 feet wide. It's truss is town lattice. It runs over Settendown Creek. It has a parking area, picnic area and historic marker.

    The site of the bridge dates back to the 1820's. The original construction of this bridge began with a contractor who drilled all the holes in the lattice members in the wrong place. After fitting up the pieces he realized they were in the wrong place and abandoned the project. Work was finished by Bud Gentry but required drilling new holes in the old members. You can still see the misplaced holes today. Even the treads of the bridge are members that could not be used because of the misplaced holes. Treads with holes side-by-side were to have been used in the chords, while those with diagonally offset holes would have been lattice members.

    Though this bridge looked very beat up, structurally it was quite sound (see Stovall Mill for a bridge that looked sound and wasn't). With the addition of a new pier in the middle, new weatherboarding, and a new wood shingle roof, this bridge looks as good as new.

    The pier in the middle of the creek was built during the 1998 rehab to take the sag out of the bridge and provide support. First a cofferdam was built and water was pumped out to give a dry work area. Then the bridge was jacked up in the middle lifting its end off of the abutment. Over a few days the bridge deformed under its own weight and settled back onto the abutment. Incremental jacking continued until the bridge was reasonably straight. Though it never was made totally straight (you can see the sag a little in the picture at right) the weatherboarding was cut straight along the bottom to hide the sag. For the sake of authenticity the pier was given a smooth concrete finish rather than trying to make it look like part of the original bridge by finishing it with rock facing.

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    Wed, Nov 10th, 2010
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  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:53, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:19, Ammoclip changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:14, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Security.
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:14, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Pool's Mill Bridge
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:13, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Underneath
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:12, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Rocks
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:12, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Marker sign
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:12, Ammoclip updated gallery picture Rocks
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:12, Ammoclip updated gallery picture pool_sign2
  • on Nov 10 10 at 23:07, Ammoclip added some pictures to a gallery
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