10-154-03) (WGCB GA-154-03)
(1895; restored 1998)
A single-span Queenpost truss 37' 8" over Chickamauga Creek. Located:
North-north west of Sautee, Georgia, off SR 255 on Old Rabun Road.
Directions: From Sautee, Georgia, at the jct. of SR 17 and SR 255,
go north on SR 255 for 2.7 miles, to the bridge, on the right. Built
at the site where an earlier covered bridge was lost in a flood in the
early 1890s, it is the third shortest and the second narrowest (at 11'
8" wide) of the remaining historic covered bridges in Georgia. The
bridge gained fame from its appearance in the 1951 movie “I’d Climb the
Highest Mountain.” It got its name from the nearby Grist Mill, Saw
Mill and Shingle Mill, all owned and operated by Fred Stovall, Sr.
The Bridge was restored in 1998 at a cost of $89.107.00. Due to termite
damage, additional funding was requested prior to completion of the restoration.
The structure is supported by only a half-height Queenpost truss.
The three panel Queenpost truss has a small second Queenpost truss in the
middle panel, under the horizontal member of the large truss. The
bridge is closed to motor traffic and there is ample parking at the bridge.
Also known as the
Auchumpkee Creek Covered Bridge, the Chickamauga
Covered Bridge, the
Chickamauga Creek Covered Bridge, the Helen
Covered Bridge, the Nacoochee Covered Bridge and the Sautee