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North Fork Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #151162

Description 

Oldest Pratt through truss in Kentucky and one of two in the state built by the Smith Bridge Company.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge originally over North Fork of Licking River on Kentucky State Route 539
Location
Milford, Bracken County, Kentucky
Status
Open to authorized vehicles only on private property.
History
Built 1883 by the Smith Bridge Company; Replaced 1983 and relocated to private property.
Builder
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 115.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
KY 539 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58083, -84.16624   (decimal degrees)
38°34'51" N, 84°09'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/746844/4274071 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Claysville
Inventory number
BH 43810 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is not Lost.
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Bridge has been replaced.
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added GPS coordinates.
  • December 30, 2009: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Bridge replaced

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Bill Eichelberger
  • HAER KY-2 - North Fork Bridge, Spanning North Fork of Licking River, Milford vicinity, Bracken, KY
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

North Fork Bridge
Posted July 5, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Awesome to know that this beauty escaped the scrap heap! I will definitely reach out if I'm going to be in the vicinity!

North Fork Bridge
Posted July 5, 2022, by Mark Simon (MarkSimonMD [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I live in Winchester, KY.

If you'd like to come take pictures of the bridge or examine it, just email me.

North Fork Bridge
Posted July 4, 2022, by Luke

I politely request some updated photography.

North Fork Bridge
Posted July 4, 2022, by Mark Simon (MarkSimonMD [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been on my property since around 1984.

You may contact me by email for any further information.

MarkSimonMD@hotmail.com