Coldwater Bridge

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Coldwater Bridge on its original site

The Coldwater Bridge or Coldwater Creek Bridge is a 63-foot covered bridge at Oxford Lake Park in Oxford. It was originally located over Coldwater Creek on what is now Airport Road on the border of Calhoun and Talladega Counties. The bridge was built in the 1850s using a multiple King post (heavy timber) truss design. Local sources say a former slave was responsible for its construction.

Coldwater Bridge in 2004

The bridge was damaged by fire in the 1920s, but repaired. A sign limiting loads to 2 tons was placed on the bridge in 1971. During that decade, Mrs Robert Grace of Oxford led a campaign of the Coldwater Extension Homemakers Club to get a replacement concrete bridge built. The covered bridge, visible from I-20, would remain as a historical attraction. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973.

In 1990 the bridge was moved to Oxford Lake Park and restored. It is maintained by the city and closed to traffic.

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