Rating:
11 votes

Rock Lick Creek Bridge

Photos 

Rock Lick Creek Bowsting Panoramic Shot

This bridge is in a amazing setting.

Photo taken by J.P. in September 2011

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BH Photo #214844

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring through truss bridge over Rock Lick Creek on Abandoned Road
Location
Breckinridge County, Kentucky
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built around 1880 by the King Bridge Co.
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Bowstring Through Truss
Dimensions
Total length: 115.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.60006, -86.54222   (decimal degrees)
37°36'00" N, 86°32'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/540409/4161541 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Falls of Rough
Inventory number
BH 49713 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2013: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • April 28, 2012: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • September 27, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • September 25, 2011: New photo from J.P.
  • September 24, 2011: Added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Larry Dooley

Comments 

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All double verticals and less of a triangle in those. I think it is a bit earlier than 1883 but not like the earlier like springfield. Guessing 1878:::::::

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is substantially unusual and differs from most King bowstrings I have seen in its construction details. This may be an indication that the late ca. 1880 date is accurate.

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I want to go bridge spotting with you guys. Surely there is one more bowstring out there to find. Working with MnDOT on the Kern bridge in Minnesota to see if we can find a solution to that one.

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I went bridgehunting with J.P. Saturday. I saw the bowstring bridge that he "discovered." It is totally amazing and what is even more awesome is the fact that it seems to be totally forgotten about. There seems to be no historical records or anything of the sort mentioning this bridge. I have to liken J.P.'s find of this bridge to my discovery of the "Jimmy's Bridge" (http://bridgehunter.com/ne/richardson/) that I made in July in the fact that the bridges were discovered "cold turkey." Anyways, this is only speculation, but I'm wondering if this bridge and the nearby Greens Farm Mill Bridge (http://bridgehunter.com/ky/grayson/greens-farm-mill/) were both ordered at the same time and built at or around the same time since they are both King bridges and are only a mile apart. Any comments would be welcome.

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by J.P.

This bridge sits in a amazing setting would love to have been there in a couple months when the leaves start to change.

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by J.P.

Its still used for guys to walk across the creek for hunting in fact there were guys who were hunting ducks on the other side when we were there. (they made sure to let us know so we didn't risk a chance of walking in front of them and having a bad day.

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The secret's out!

A beauty of a bowstring that looks to be in really nice shape! Surprising how solid the floor looks as it appears to have been abandoned for many years.

Great find J.P.!

Rock Lick Creek Bridge
Posted September 24, 2011, by J.P.

Found this bridge on a random website by complete and utter accident while looking for a bridge in West Virgina. Bridge is around the corner from the Green Farm Bowstring Bridge.