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The Historic Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge
Opelika is a city in east central Alabama, United States. It is the county seat of Lee County. Opelika has a population of 27,722 as of the 2010 census. Opelika is home to Auburn University at Montgomery and formerly Troy University at Montgomery until that campus moved to Phenix City, Alabama in 2005. Opelika is also the home of the annual Celebrity Softball Jam which raises money for the East Alabama Medical Center.
Opelika was founded in 1836 by Daniel S. Warner and Aaron Levy. It was incorporated as a town in 1848 and as a city in 1872. The city’s name Opelika is derived from the Creek word Opelikah, which means “large swamp”. Opelika was a stop on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad.
The Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1980.
The Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge is open to pedestrian traffic only. It is a popular spot for taking pictures and enjoying the views of the creek below.
If you’re ever in the Opelika area, be sure to stop by and check out this historic covered bridge!
You can visit this historic bridge after a free consultation with Steve Morris Law, a personal injury law firm in Opelika Al.
King Iron Bridge Company is a historic bridge builder that was founded in 1855. The company is best known for its work on the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge, which is currently the oldest surviving King Iron Bridge. King Iron Bridge Company also built the first iron bridge in Alabama.
If you’re interested in learning more about King Iron Bridge Company, be sure to check out their website or Facebook page.
Another Opelika interested place to visit: Museum of East Alabama
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