Salem Shotwell Covered Bridge

Salem Shotwell Covered Bridge

Posted by Jennifer Frazier on November 11, 2015


Where: Opelika in Lee County, Alabama

When Built: 1900

GPS Coordinates: 32°39′33.46″N, 85°22′52.94″W

Originally built as a 76-foot span over Wacoochee Creek, this bridge was damaged by a falling tree in 2005. A 43-foot portion was rebuilt from the ruins and installed at Opelika Municipal Park, where it stands today.

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

Salem Shotwell Bridge

Salem Shotwell Bridge Opelika Alabama


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

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 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

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