In the Clark’s River bottoms on Dogtown Road in Marshall County, Ky. lies an abandoned bridge that dates back to 1919.
The bridge crosses Clark’s River and has a length of 102 feet. It was built in 1919 along Dogtown Road during a time when the road was an important link between Benton and Aurora Landing on the Tennessee River (now Kentucky Lake).
The old one-lane bridge has a concrete deck, but may have been wooden when it was built over 100 years ago. We aren’t sure when the bridge closed, but considering a large tree stands in the middle of the bridge’s approach, it hasn’t seen a car for decades.
Bridges across large creeks or small rivers like Clark’s River aren’t cheap. Considering a crossing was established here (and perhaps even before this bridge) proves the road was important for travelers – both in cars, horses, wagons and even stagecoaches.
If you have any information on the old Dogtown Road bridge in Marshall County, please share it with us.
Location of the Old Dogtown Road Bridge
The bridge is located about five miles southeast of Benton on Dogtown Road.