Saturday, August 6, 2011

Georgia's Hidden Treasures - Euharlee Covered Bridge

                  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Euharlee Covered Bridge, also known as the Euharlee Creek Covered Bridge or rarely the Lowry Bridge, is a wooden covered bridge crossing Euharlee Creek in Euharlee, Georgia, a small town west of Cartersville. The bridge was built after the raging creek swept away an old bridge on the property of Daniel Lowry. The collapse of the bridge killed one man. A new bridge was built using some materials provided by Lowry.[1]

This bridge recalls the days of buggies and "horseless carriages." Known as a landmark on Georgia's Covered Bridge Trail, the Euharlee Covered Bridge was built in 1886 by Washington W. King, son of freed slave and noted bridge builder Horace King. 

The bridge is located adjacent to the ruins of an old mill once owned and operated by Daniel Lowry who owned most of the land around the bridge and also allowed the builders to use rock from his land to build the piers of the bridge after high water swept a previous, lower bridge away.
 
The Euharlee History Museum offers free museum tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Closed Monday.



















Directions: from Atlanta, go north on I-75 to Exit 288. Go south on GA 113 approximately 4.5 miles, then right on Euharlee Road. Go 5.5 miles on Euharlee Road then turn left on Covered Bridge Road.

Travel Tip: Continue on Covered Bridge Road past the historic bridge. This route will take you by Georgia Power Plant Bowen (not a nuclear facility) and ends at GA 113. To return to Cartersville turn left onto GA 113.

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