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Ocmulgee River Bridge
Lumber City

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, steamboats plied the Ocmulgee River upstream to Hawkinsville, and sometimes as far north as Macon. Here at Lumber City, this through-truss Southern Railway bridge rotated on its center pier to allow them to pass. Southern also maintained wharves on the riverbank to transfer freight to and from the boats. No trace of these remain today.

The bridge operator's shed atop the structure gave him a good view of the action along the tracks as well as on the river. When this bridge was constructed (in 1930 according to one source, in 1916 according to another) steamboat traffic had already begun to decline.

The bridge is adjacent to U.S. 341 just south of Lumber City. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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