Poole’s Mill Creek Covered Bridge

WGN 10-58-01 Poole’s Mill or Ducktown or Settendown Creek Covered Bridge Built in 1906 by Bud Gentry, in  Forsythe Co. spanning Settendown Creek, one span, 94 ft. long, Town Lattice trusses

Ducktown or Poole’s Mill Bridge over Settendown Creek was built in 1906. The bridge was named for Dr. Marcus L. Pool. It was built to replace a bridge lost during flooding in the spring of 1900. “The original construction of this bridge began with a contractor who drilled all the holes in the lattice members in the wrong place. After fitting up the pieces he realized they were wrong and abandoned the project. Work was finished by Bud Gentry but required drilling new holes in the old members. You can still see the misplaced holes today. Even the treads of the bridge are members that could not be used because of the misplaced holes. Treads with holes side-by-side were to have been used in the chords, while those with diagonally offset holes would have been lattice members.” (French) The bridge was rehabilitated in 1998 and a pier was added for support and to remove a sag. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1975.




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