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Big Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge - Gay, Georgia

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Situated roughly 55 miles south of Atlanta near the small town of Gay, one of the Peach State's marvels of transportation history lies almost forgotten. The covered bridge spanning Big Red Oak Creek in Meriwether County is the longest and oldest such span remaining in Georgia.

Laying just east of State Route 85 on Covered Bridge Road, the wooden structure stretches for 391 feet, including an approach portion that is not covered. The bridge was constructed in the 1840s and still is in use.

Noted 19th century bridge builder Horace King (1807 - 1885) supervised the construction of the span. A freed slave who built bridges throughout Georgia, this is the only one of King's projects using the Town lattice design that is still in existence. The span is held together by 2,500 wooden trunnels or pegs.

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