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Elizabethton Covered Bridge ca. 1882

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
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October, 2007

The covered bridge over Doe River in Elizabethton Tennessee was built in 1882 at a cost of $3000. It is believed to be the oldest such bridge in the state still in use.

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

The covered bridge was designed by Colonel Thomas Matson who also designed the Tweetsie Railroad and New York City's elevated rail system. He also supervised its construction.

 

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

Its design, structure and elevation above the Doe River allowed it to remain intact throughout the May flood of 1901 which destroyed all other bridges along the Doe River. For residents on the east side of town it was the only avenue of escape.

 

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

On almost any evening local residents and visitors come to this park along the Doe River, feed the ducks and walk through the covered bridge.

 

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

The covered bridge stretches one hundred and thirty-four feet across the Doe River and is the most photographed landmark in Carter County.

 

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

At one end of the bridge is a portion of the tree under which "the first court west of the Alleghenies was held". There is also a John Carter commemorative plaque . Carter was the first chairman of the Watauga Association and the Watauga Court.

 

1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee
1882 Covered Bridge in Downtown Elizabethton Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

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