Monday, March 16, 2009
Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge - Early County, Georgia
The Southernmost original covered bridge in the United States spans a small creek not far from the Chattahoochee River in Early County, Georgia.
The only one of Georgia's 17 original covered bridges that is located south of Macon and Columbus, the Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge has been a Southern landmark since 1891.
Built at the McDonald Ford of Coheelee Creek in 1891 for a total cost of $491, the Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge was restored as a community effort in 1984. Although it suffers some from graffiti vandalism, the structure itself remains in very good condition.
The setting of the bridge is especially unique because not only is Coheelee the southernmost covered bridge in the country, but also because the creek that passes beneath it flows over a small waterfall within sight of the bridge. Waterfalls are extremely rare in South Georgia.
To learn more about Coheelee Creek and the other covered bridges of Georgia, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/coheelee1.