Oostanaula River Bridge, Rome
Central of Georgia Railway

Central of Georgia Railway bridge, Rome, Georgia
This former Central of Georgia Railway swing bridge crosses the Oostanaula River in downtown Rome. Standing at the point where the Oostanaula and the Etowah come together to form the Coosa River, the bridge once rotated on its central pier to allow steamboats to pass.


The bridge's huge gear can be seen under the vines.

Long abandoned by the railroad, the span has been preserved by Rome and Floyd County and converted to a pedestrian bridge. Now called the Robert Redden Foot Bridge, it is part of an extensive network of trails in the community.

Bridgepoint Plaza, a community park at the meeting point of the three rivers, provides good views of the bridge.

Central of Georgia Railway swing bridge in Rome, from Battey book

Photo of the bridge published in George Magruder Battey, A History of Rome and Floyd County, 1922. Online at Internet Archive here.

An old postcard view shows the trestle leading to the bridge.

1895 illustration of downtown showing the bridge and railroad.

A few blocks south, at the end of East 4th Street, is the Central's Etowah River bridge. Because that river did not have steamboat traffic, it is a fixed span.

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