Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Austin Peay Bridge

Marker ID: THC 2D 34
Location: TN 56, Jackson County, at Cumberland River at North City
County: Jackson
Waymark: None


The Austin Peay Bridge once spanned the river here. Built in 1928 by Montgomery and Parker of Rockport, Indiana, and the Nashville Bridge Company for the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, the bridge replaced a nearby ferry crossing. It was named in honor of Governor Austin Peay, Tennessee's "Road Building Governor."

Before its demolition, the Austin Peay Bridge contained 3 trusses composed of steel members in triangular patterns which distributed weight allowing the bridge to carry loads. The main span was a rare K-truss, named for its "K" configuration.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.