SAL Railway Flint River Bridge at Bainbridge

This swing bridge was constructed in 1932 to carry Seaboard Air Line Railway trains over the Flint River at Bainbridge. A half-mile upstream is another swing bridge which served the Atlantic Coast Line. Both bridges are currently in use by CSX.

The bridge is adjacent to Cheney Griffin Park on the west side of downtown Bainbridge.

The docked steamboat suggests that the bridge shown on this old postcard was an earlier structure at the same location.
(State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

Steamboat at Bainbridge, Georgia

An image from Harper's Weekly, October 10, 1903.

This 1910 photo may show the same landing, but the orientation of the warehouses does not match.
(State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

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Note the proximity of the dock to the bridge. The dock was at the end of an ACL spur; the bridge was that of the Georgia, Florida & Alabama, later leased by the Seaboard.
(Bainbridge, Ga. 1916. Sheet 10. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Digital Library of Georgia.)

 

Railroad crane crossing railroad bridge in Bainbridge.

A rail crane crosses the existing bridge in early 2015. (Photo by David Ray)


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