June 4, Lee County. Al - The Salem-Shotwell covered bridge in east Lee County, Alabama, WGN 01-41-04, collapsed today. A tree fell on a portion of the bridge last night and then today around 1:00 pm/cdst, the entire bridge fell into Wacoochee creek. The destruction is total.
According to the 1989 edition of the World Guide To Covered Bridges, the 78-foot bridge was built in 1900 to span the Wacoochee Creek using a Town lattice truss. The Salem-Shotwell Bridge was one of Alabama's 14 remaining wooden covered bridges.
[This news item originated with Jay Jones and forwarded thru Dan Brock - Ed.]