Settles Bridge Elementary opened in 1999 to house the overcrowding of 580 students at Daves Creek, Mashburn and Big Creek elementary schools. Mrs. Mary Harwell was the school’s first principal. The school is named after an historic bridge, Settles Bridge, which was used to cross the Chattahoochee River. The bridge was constructed in 1916 and was "one of the state's longest Pratt through-truss bridges" (Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Historic Study). The bridge was later abandoned.