The cluster of trees shading it are estimated to be around 100 years old, but the Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge is nearing its second century in western Georgia -- a model of long-ago craftsmanship and modern day dedication.
The craftsmanship was Horace King’s. Born into slavery in 1807, King built bridges across the South, first with his master, then as a free man after an act of the Alabama legislature was enacted to grant his emancipation. He constructed more than 100 bridges in total, and today the one built from longleaf pine and white oak that stretches over Red Oak Creek is the only King bridge still in use in Georgia.
Which brings us back to the modern dedication of volunteer bridgekeeper Bruce O’Neal. ... Read More →
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