Old Union Crossing Covered Bridge

Old Union Crossing Covered Bridge

Posted by Jennifer Frazier on November 10, 2015


Where: Mentone in DeKalb County, Alabama

When Built: 1863

GPS Coordinates: 34°32′3.51″N, 85°35′56.47″W 

Union troops built this 90-foot-long bridge as a means to get across Otter Creek. When Otter Creek dried up in 1972, the structure was moved to where it stands today, on private property over the Little River. You’ll have to travel a private dirt road to get here, so contact Shady Grove Dude Ranch (the property housing the bridge) if you want to visit.

See all 14 of the covered bridges we photographed in Alabama at this link.

Old Union Covered Bridge

Old Union Covered Bridge

Old Union Covered Bridge

Old Union Covered Bridge

All photography by Gary Clark, a former Southern Living Magazine travel photographer and photographer of the United States Postal Service 2014 Star-Spangled Banner Forever stamp. See more of Gary's work and contact him at www.thegaryclark.com.

Old Union Covered Bridge Mentone Alabama

Jennifer Frazier

After 10 years as a travel writer for Southern Living Magazine, Jen Frazier traded in the corporate world to stay home with her two children, three dogs and three hermit crabs.

Now she juggles carpool and laundry with writing for the Great American Country website, AAA Texas Journey Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine, as well as blogging for thejensource.blogspot.com While she lives in the big metropolis of Dallas, she longs for weekends in the country. To learn more about this award-winning writer (recipient of the Barbara Jordan Award and the Luce Award), visit her website at jennifermfrazier.com

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