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Bell's Bridge over Beaver Creek, in Powell

Posted by brownp2 
Bell's Bridge over Beaver Creek, in Powell
August 01, 2013 06:45PM
I'm looking for photos or information about the old Bell's Bridge where Clinton Pike crossed Beaver Creek. The bridge was probably built in the late 1890s or early 1900s and named after the family of Samuel Menafee Bell. It was a steel bridge floored with loose wooden planks. A new 2-lane highway and bridge were built in the 30s, and eventually expanded to form Clinton Highway as we know it today. The old bridge remained beside the new one until 1940 or 1941, when it was torn down.

The old bridge was significant because it was the scene of the 1916 automobile wreck that killed author James Agee's father; Agee wrote about the event years later and even listed Powell's Station and the name of the bridge in his novel, A Death in the Family. I am researching James Agee's childhood for a documentary, and so far have not been able to find any photographs of this bridge. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!