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Kesler, Banks County

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Inventory Number: GA/10-06-11x / GA-59-02x
TLF Number: 19C
County: Banks County / Franklin County
Township:
Town/Village: Urena
Bridge Name: Kesler
Crosses: Middle Fork Broad River
Truss type: Queen & King
Spans: 1
Length: 75'
Roadway Width:
Built: c1925
Builder:
When Lost: c1978
Cause:
Latitude: N34 25.74
Longitude: W083 22.96
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Topographic map of the area
Directions: County Line west of town.

Kesler Bridge, Urena, Banks County, GA. Built c1925 Lost Winter 1980/1981
Trish Kane/Richard Donovan Collection


Kesler Bridge, Urena, Banks County, GA. Built c1925 Lost Winter 1980/1981
July 1966 Photo, Palmer Werner Collection


Kesler Bridge, Urena, Banks County, GA. Built c1925 Lost Winter 1980/1981
Edgar Q. Rooker Photo, March 26, 1970, NSPCB Archives

Comments:
Kesler Bridge was named for the Kesler family who lived in the area. The bridge was unusual in that it contained both king and queen trusses in the single span. This bridge was reported as gone in March 1963. According to the Georgia DOT website, the weight of snow on the bridge caused it to collapse. However, the bridge was included in a 1978 Covered Bridge Topics article about recently visited Georgia bridges. The Fall 1981 Topics (page 15) has a photo of the remains of the bridge stating that it was lost during the winter of 1980-81. The Winter 1982 Topics (page 9) states that it collapsed and was washed away in 1979.
Sources:
Georgia Department of Transportation. Georgia's Covered Bridge Graveyard, 2002, http://wwwb.dot.ga.gov/specialsubjects/specialinterest/covered/graveyd/index.shtml (3 November 2009)
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/banks/htmlpagesbanks/keslerbridge.html
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume XXXVI, No. 3, Summer 1978, page 8
Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania. Portals, Volume 6, number 2 (June 1966), page 7

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