Calvin Sneed to speak at Marshall County Historical Society

Friday, August 4, 2017

Calvin Sneed returns this Sunday, August 6, to the Marshall County Historical Society with his newly published book Building Bridges From Our Past to Our Future and with a slide presentation of some interesting Middle Tennessee truss bridges.

Sneed has taken more than 14,785 pictures of 655 bridges since his days as a 10-year-old boy visiting relatives near Henry Horton State Park. His first pictures were of Hopkins Bridge over Duck River, Wallace Thompson Bridge over Big Rock Creek, and the Richardson Road Bridge.

Sneedís previous presentation to the society, roughly 18 months ago, awed attendees with his passion for the subject and the interest he inspired in such an overlooked engineering marvel.

Truss bridges that once stood the test of time are now disappearing, and Sneed has been on a mission to save them in pictures.

A beautiful coffee table book of photographs is the result of this 50-year endeavor.

A book signing will follow the 2 p.m. meeting in the Marshall County Historical Museum, which is located in the Hardison Office Annex, 230 College Street. The meeting is open to the public.