Whitson bridge in the Northern part of Tuscaloosa County, was the longest "simple span" timber structure in the United states.  Simple span, simply means that it crossed the river without any supports.

Whitson Bridge was destroyed by fire around 12 midnight Saturday night and it's believed that a group of people started a small brush fire that engulfed the bridge accidentally.  The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office is still investigating according to the Tuscaloosa News. The Whitson bridge spans North River connecting Old Jasper Road and Willingham Road.  Whitson Bridge was 102 feet at its longest span and was constructed in 1992.

Whitson Bridge Samantha Fire dept
Whitson Bridge Samantha Fire dept
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