Photo by Harry Kline
The small ornate bridge that spans the Augusta Canal on 15th Street was built in 1914 to immortalize Major Archibald Butt (1865-1912) an Augusta native who was military aide to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, but is remembered as a hero of the Titanic who died saving women and children on the doomed ship. For a bridge that is only about 200 feet long, it is adorned with columns, eagles and lions and is very impressive, though currently in disrepair. A "Save Our Butt" campaign was started in the 2000's to keep the state of Georgia from demolishing and replacing the bridge. It is currently scheduled for complete restoration in late 2015.
If you go:
There are several historic buildings in the area that are also worth seeing, but the Butt Bridge is a real gem in downtown Augusta.
15th and Greene Streets
Augusta, Georgia 30904 USA