Historic Markers Across Georgia

Horace King-Bridge Builder

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Located at King and Greenville Streets in LaGrange, Ga.
County: Troup
Coordinates: N 33° 2.447    W 085° 1.207
  33.04078229    -85.02012173
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4PZY
Horace King-Bridge Builder Marker  


Born a slave September 8, 1807, Horace King became a noted builder of covered bridges and public buildings. His talents developed under the instruction of his master and friend, John Godwin. In 1846, Godwin secured King´s freedom through the Alabama Legislature. King used the Town lattice truss design on bridges throughout the South. With his sons, he built at least four bridges across the Chattahoochee River in Troup County. King served two terms in the Alabama Legislature before moving to LaGrange in 1873. He lived with his family in the King Street area which was named for King and son, Marshall. King died May 28, 1885 and is buried near the Confederate Cemetery on Miller Street.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Troup County Historical Society, 1989


Horace King (1807-1885) The New Georgia Encyclopedia

Horace King (architect) - Wikipedia