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High Shoals Road Bridge

   
                  


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Bridge Documented: December 26, 2007
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Key Facts
Bridge Name Facility Carried / Feature Intersected Location Structure Type Construction Date and Builder/Engineer
Crybaby Creek Bridge
High Shoals Road Bridge
High Shoals Road Over Rocky River Rural: Anderson County, South Carolina Metal Continuous 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Technical Facts
Rehabilitation Date Main Spans
1987 2

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Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

This bridge is an extremely rare example of a smaller scale truss bridge that is a continuous truss bridge, and also a continuous truss bridge that is not a cantilever truss. Most continuous truss bridges built were large monumental cantilever bridges. As such, this bridge stands out as an unusual type. The bridge is otherwise traditionally composed for a bridge may have been built after 1915 and before 1930. However, the bridge does include v-lacing on top of its built-up end posts instead of cover plate, which is uncommon. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity with few alterations. There are stringer approach spans present at this bridge also. The bridge was bypassed by a modern bridge in 1987 and allowed to stand next to its replacement.

This bridge is locally known as the Crybaby Creek Bridge because legend says that the bridge is a "crybaby bridge" which is a group of bridges upon which paranormal events are supposedly witnessed relating to babies and/or their mothers. On this particular bridge, the sounds of a crying baby, sounds of a mother searching for her baby, or a ghost of the mother approaching visitors to see if they had her baby were supposedly possible events that could occur here. The legend apparently began with a story of a mother who jumped off the bridge with an illegitimate baby to commit suicide. These legends and stories and their truth or untruth have no bearing on the historic significance of the bridge but they do shed light on the local stories and value that can accumulate in a local community on old/historic bridges, even technologically insignificant old bridges.

Perhaps the crying sounds people supposedly hear at this bridge are the sounds of the bridge weeping for all the historic trusses that have been demolished.

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