The Clarkson–Legg Covered Bridge



The Clarkson–Legg Covered Bridge is a 270 foot Town Lattice truss wooden covered bridge constructed over four spans. The bridge crosses Crooked Creek and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



It is currently the second-longest existing covered bridge in Alabama and one of the longest in the United States. The Cullman County Commission maintains the property and operates it as a park.




The Clarkson – Legg Bridge is located on Central Road (CR 1043) off U.S. Route 278 near the community of Bethel, about 15 miles west of the city of Cullman.




The Clarkson–Legg Covered Bridge was originally built in 1904 on the property of a local mail carrier for the Clarkson Post Office, James W. Legg, who supplied much of the materials for the project.




The bridge was originally called the Legg Covered Bridge.



In 1921 the bridge was destroyed by a flood that swept much of the bridge downstream. However, the following year it was rebuilt by a contractor hired by Cullman County.


Coordinates 34°12′27.08″N 86°59′27.35″W
Nearest city Bethel, Alabama (approximately 15 miles from the city of Cullman off of US 278)


4 thoughts on “The Clarkson–Legg Covered Bridge

  1. Phillip……. Great images as usual. I attempted to photograph this bridge a few years, ago but found it very frustrating. I couldn’t find a good image anywhere. It really challenged me and I went home disappointed that I really didn’t have anything I would want to print up, let alone frame and hang up. Your images are especially good when you realize how difficult this place is to photograph. Bravo. Well done.

    1. Thank you Tony. I appreciate what you said, and I agree. I enjoyed my visit, but there really aren’t any places that cry out “stand here for a great shot.” I arrived at that bridge well before sunrise, hoping to capture a little bit of color. That day there was slim to none to be seen. There was no mist coming off the water. I came away less than excited because I had invested so much time and I didn’t know what I had.

      I ended up taking between six to twelve shots of each spot and making HDR images in Lightroom. By the way if you haven’t tried HDR in Lightroom is amazing. It doesn’t tone map the way you might think. The image comes out with a very natural appearance. This is good and bad, because I really like both natural and surreal looks depending on what I’m doing, and LR doesn’t afford me the surreal option.

        1. You’re right, if you are looking for a realistic image, it is wonderful. I really like it. It is just that sometime I want the option to get a crazy. 🙂

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