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Captain Creek Bridge

100 yards West of Junction of Hickory & State Highway 66B, Wellston vicinity




The Captain Creek Bridge was an integral element of the original US 66 alignment which ran through Wellston. Due to a series of delays, this section of the highway remained unpaved until 1933 when the State finally paved the segment and built this bridge. But in the process the State found itself at odds with the United States Bureau of Public Roads. To shorten the alignment, the federal agency required the state to reroute the highway and bypass Wellston a mile to the south. The Captain Creek Bridge is a Camelback Pony Truss bridge made of steel on concrete piers, with a single pony span but augmented with a substantial deck that connects to the abutments. From abutment to abutment, the bridge is 225 feet long, and the camelback pony span segment is one hundred feet in length. The deck is made of concrete, now covered with asphalt and is twenty-two feet wide. This bridge type incorporates five angles in the upper cord, diagonal trusses on the ends, an X brace in the center, and vertical steel posts at each angle. The deck and truss rest on long I-beams that are supported from the streambed by two piers and abutments at the ends. Although it was only a part of Route 66 for a brief time, the bridge remains an important part of Route 66 history and is an excellent example of bridge design and construction.