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Posted December 4, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There are some conflicting statements in the forum on this bridge, and the information shown is misleading. Firstly, I field visited this bridge and ALL connections are bolted, and ALL members are rolled steel beams. In addition, a 1989 photo provides clear photographic evidence (with additional confirmation in the caption) that the bridge seen today is not historic, and is instead an all-new truss sitting on (in part) the earlier piers. The 1946 bridge had built-up beams with lattice and v-lacing, and the 1963 bridge had built-up beams with holes. http://www.kyphotoarchive.com/2017/03/06/i-75-clays-ferry-br...

A 1944 construction photo is here: http://www.kyphotoarchive.com/2014/07/02/clays-ferry-bridge-...

Posted November 25, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

To those who mourn this bridge, it is uncommon to have those guardrails without a truss bridge. But, there is a twin of it in Carter County. It is in Olive Hill, Kentucky. It is located on Cross Street. It has been maintained better, much better. I beleve it is a steel stringer from around the same time.

Posted November 17, 2017, by Abheetha Peiris (abheetha [dot] peiris [at] uky [dot] edu)

The Kentucky Bridge number should be 032C00032N

Posted November 14, 2017, by Andy Stone (akstone14 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted November 4, 2017, by Anonymous

Nothing there in historicaerials.

Posted November 4, 2017, by M Cox ((trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com))

I think that I may have found another bowstring truss!!!! It is literally like right there. It is just a few yards beyond the unmaintained side of the bridge. It appears to be over the Rough River. It looks like it still has it's deck. Looks like you can walk on it. I saw this from the satellite view. I think it might be a twin of the listed bridge. It is not as covered by the vegetation. If you look at the satellite, you'll see what I mean. 😃

Posted October 25, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

What? Were the old portals burned, blown down, or what? Also seeing pictures of the old covered bridge, it looks like it was a long single span(wonder how long).

Posted October 23, 2017, by Clark (jcembree [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even the remains of this bridge are being lost to time. Here is what it looks like as of October 2017

Posted October 13, 2017, by D. Franklin

The abandoned bridge in the foreground only carried a water main, was abandoned in the 1970's.

Posted September 30, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

The original bridge at this location was a double-barrel covered bridge built by James Carrothers about 1832. It was burned during the Civil War. The second covered bridge was built in, I THINK, 1866 - I'll have to check the files. It was condemned and replaced in 1909. The second covered bridge was built of black walnut and the lumber was purchased by a local lumber yard and advertised for several years. The stonework dates to the original 1832 construction. No photographs of either covered bridge are known to exist.

Posted September 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a Marsh Arch on Steroids!

Posted September 22, 2017, by Mike Boyd (ammochief [at] aol [dot] com)

I agree with Tony and Wayne as well. I was surprised of all the references to it and as a visitor, just accidentally saw it as we were leaving. We had spent a lot of time looking for it. Then trying to find information on it after I got home was difficult.

I was told by a local contractor, there were only two of this type ever built in the US and this one is the only one still standing. Is this true?

Magnificent piece of history.

Posted September 13, 2017, by Mike Gregg (rdmikeg [at] gmail [dot] com)

Our company recently did some work on this bridge. The story that we were told was that KY DOT paid to have the bridge built back in the 70's. In turn IDOT was responsible for maintaining it.

Posted August 26, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just FYI: The portal view is not Public Domain. NKY Views has permission to use it and I have no problem with it being posted here. The correct credit is Laughlin Collection. J. Winston Coleman Photograph. September 13, 1945. All Rights Reserved.

The oblique view is Public Domain - the photographer was Arnold Washburn, date unknown.

Posted August 20, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Amazing progress in a month and a half! The bridge looks great!

Regards,

Art S.

Posted August 20, 2017, by Jeff Wise (Gerdajeff [at] gmail [dot] com)

I helped move this bridge to its current location. Bridge is finally finished and ready for public use. Looks great!!!

Posted August 19, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

NBI gives a 1952 build date. Any reason for thinking 1945?

Posted August 18, 2017, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It seems to me this bridge is actually functioning as a beam rather than a Kingpost.

Posted August 17, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

I have added pictures from my August 12, 2017 visit showing the damage. The property owner granted permission for me to see the bridge.

Posted August 16, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

I have added several photos from my August 12 visit. Dover has gone from a bridge that no one was worried about to one that many are worried about all in a matter of hours. My photos do not really show the extent of the damage - it is best appreciated when the bridge is seen in person. (That being said, if anyone visits the bridge do not enter it as it is in serious danger of collapse.) It needs emergency stabilization measures to be taken immediately. We can't lose this bridge.

Posted August 13, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The bridge was severely damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017 and is barely hanging on. The landowner gave me permission to photograph it up close on August 12, 2017. Pictures will be added.

Posted August 13, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

I believe the bridge is no longer in use as it appears the driveway has been routed around it and a new bridge built over the creek. The bridge decking is in very poor condition. I only took one quick picture of it from the car on August 12, 2017 (because I didn't know it's significance until a search here).

Posted August 10, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Great railing. I wish we had some information on the age, designer, etc.

Posted August 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here's a link to the Ledger Independent's Facebook page showing a couple pics of the damage:

https://www.facebook.com/LedgerIndependent/posts/10155491744...

Posted August 8, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The Dover Bridge was badly damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017. The steel supports underneath the bridge were washed out and the bridge was bowed due to the force of the water. The truss is approximately disengaged from the lower chords and the only thing supporting the bridge is a compromised floor. Unless emergency stabilization measures are taken soon it is not a question of "if" the bridge will collapse, it is "when".

Posted July 14, 2017, by mike huff

This bridge is over big Southfork Cumberland river .we used to drive jeeps across .

Posted July 14, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted July 13, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Excellent!

Posted July 13, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Awesome!

Posted July 13, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted July 8, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My daughter visited the bridge yesterday and it is still sitting just as it has been since the move. Pix soon.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Roy Kreutler (roykreutler14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are 2 photos of the College Street Covered Bridge which stood on these very piers.

Posted June 18, 2017, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

this is an amazing bridge in an amazing setting, although it does have a very tragic history

Posted June 15, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised i haven't posted this here.

The covered bridge in 1895:

Posted June 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to Mr. Todd and KYTC for the new photographs. It is good to have officials contributing on here.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Hey Jack Schmidt, do you get down this way now again? Saw you had captured bridges around this county.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is the page for it!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Geeze... I've never seen so many converted RR spans in one county!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't know if there is support for rail trails in Kentucky, but I do know that based on my experience in West Virginia there seems to be a lot of people there who support them. These trails have been a pretty good boon to West Virginia from what I understand.

If this road in Kentucky were to become a trail it would certainly be a local attraction. If people want to support it might become a nice asset for the area.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow!

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a 1913 bridge... More like ca.1890.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photos 9,10 and 11 are not the same bridge as 1-8.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Closed to all traffic. Deck rotting away.

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Slated for demolition and replacement. Get out to see it before it's gone!

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Slated for demolition and replacement. Get out to see it before it's gone!

Posted May 17, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Scheduled for demotion and replacement.

Posted May 17, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The bridge is scheduled for replacement and currently the State of Kentucky is trying to give the bridge away with certain restrictions according to a September 11, 2016 Lexington Herald Leader Story. The bridge was still standing upon my last visits in March of 2017.

Posted May 15, 2017, by Anonymous

This is an ALMICEB

Posted May 15, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[ar]yahoo[dot]com)

at least it's a truss, not a UCEB.

Posted May 15, 2017, by M Cox (trock859[at]yahoo[dot]com)

demolished and replaced

Posted May 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was probably a joint effort Sarah. The bridge was owned by the state when it was replaced and was probably deeded to the county, town or a private entity. I looked at the HAER documentation that was executed as part of the mitigation before it was replaced, and the move had already been in the works.

Posted May 3, 2017, by Sarah Moore (auburntaxdept [at] logantele [dot] com)

Do you know how this bridge ended up in Auburn? Was it donated by someone or was it bought by the city?

Posted April 29, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like the boat took the brunt of it!

Posted April 29, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge took a shot from an escaped boat.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1010303890347545...

Posted April 28, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is the bridge open or not?

Posted April 26, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know, right? The new bridge is so ugly and boring. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😣😡😣😡😡😡😡😡😡😣💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤👺👺👎🏿🚷🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌‼️⁉️⁉️⁉️🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫👺🚫🚫😡😡😡⁉️😡😡😡😡⁉️⁉️😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 I have the ugly bridge song. it goes There, was a bridge across the creek and ugly was the bridge oh, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, and ugly was the bridge,oh. etc. to the rhythm of bingo.

Posted April 26, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So much better than a UCEB.

High Bridge (Kentucky)
Posted April 25, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added a new street view, someone was crazy enough to get up on the deck and make a panoramic and its on Google. You really get an idea of how tall this bridge really is.

Posted April 24, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a waste!

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Replacued by yet another Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

replaced by an Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).

Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lost

Posted April 16, 2017, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] Scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

Hi Rich,

I'm interested in producing a short documentary video on this bridge. Could you please give me a call at 812-623-5727?

Satolli Glassmeyer

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Not my day.I meant wasn't,not wasnkt.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ignore that double message I sent,M Cox.As if the e-mail screw-up wasnkt enough.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (goakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No problem,M Cox.I give credit where it's due.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Think I gave a wrong e-mail.Should be georgeoakley49@yahoo.com.

Posted April 15, 2017, by george oakley (goakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No problem,M Cox.I give credit where it's due.

Posted April 14, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

your'e welcome

Posted April 13, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks M Cox.Didn't know if you or anybody else saw that bridge.

Posted April 12, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There are two bridges over a the RR track on this road. The wood one is closer to the blocked pony truss. The concrite bridges are on the other side of the road. By the way the truss bridge was replaced. It's replacement is a modern pony truss. It is open to traffic.

Posted April 9, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

corrected it, thanks for pointing it out.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Brian Lockett

This is a 1941 map that includes the bridge when it was still in use (as part of a public road.

It's on the western side of Anderson County near the Anderson/Spencer/Shelby border, just below "WAYSIDE."

Posted April 8, 2017, by Brian Lockett

The road is actually KY-528

Posted April 5, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

M cox,i saw at least 2 concrete spans,1 over r.r. tracks and 1 over a waterway.I also saw a truss bridge on satellite than had barriers on it so you couldn't drive over it.Do you know about this bridge or is this bridge opened or replaced?

Posted April 4, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would like to say that it still exists😄! It has been mistaken for a concrete bridge on the other end of the road. We went on a bridge hunt a few weeks ago ago and it was there.

Posted March 29, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just FYI: Regarding this linked article, Shelbyville is WEST of Lexington, not east. It is east of Louisville.

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/01/22/bailey-trus...

Posted March 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Oh my!

Posted March 6, 2017, by Anonymous

RATS LIVE NOT ON EVIL STAR

Posted March 6, 2017, by Anonymous

ΪʲôѰ

Posted March 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

我不明白为什么每个人都用另一种语言说话。 我非常爱桥梁。

Posted March 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a term I have used for many years...

https://www.google.com/#q=extant+definition&*

*I see it was also the title of a short-lived CBS show starring Halle Berry!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana & Kay

Cant decide what to put on my bridge visiting hard hat, Drochaid Sealgair or Pontem Ventator!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Extant is a commonly misused word in general. Many people think that it means gone, when it actually means still in existence.

Gee, and here I thought that the Highlands Latin School was where they mixed Gaelic and Latin...gabh mo leisgeul...

Slow Sunday on Bridgehunter...

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

Tu Auten Ponten Venator!

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

(Scottish) Highland Latin? I'm not sure which language to groan in.

At least it's more or less extant (Latin exstant), meaning existent or surviving, an old word from the Latin commonly used incorrectly on BH.

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tapadh leibh :-)

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

liosta bucaid

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

Glort

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I don't know how to say bucket list in Gaelic but Bridgehunting in the Highlands is on my bucket list. Scotland has some incredible stone arch bridges. Plus I wouldn't mind seeing the ancestral homeland of our family...

Posted March 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Klaatu barada nikto

Posted March 5, 2017, by Anonymous

drochaid sealgair s a 'Ghidhealtachd

Posted March 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Ciamar a tha sibh fhein?

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

finis

Posted March 5, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ixnay on the atinlay

Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Linguam Latinam in quibusdam locis adhuc

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (l)

Magnum narras, nihil usquam non est verum. fornicem in lapide constructa, ut habetur Luc prodidere MDCCCLXIX aperto loco ubi Lorem filiorum. Adhuc in scholis docuerint classica latina forma structurae linguae Latinae per quattuor saltem annos. Tamen, invenitur interesting.

Posted March 4, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

A couple of points of correction: This is actually TWO bridges. The highway bridge carrying Broadway (and this modern affectation of calling it Broadway STREET annoys me to no end) was built in 1898 as the railroad bridge. It also had a wooden deck to allow wagons and pedestrians to use it. It replaced the first iron railroad bridge in 1898 - a Fink truss built in 1868. The Fink truss replaced the second railroad covered bridge at this location lost in a flood in 1867. The second covered bridge replaced the first covered bridge which was burned by the Confederates in 1863 during the occupation of Frankfort. The covered bridge replaced the first railroad bridge at the location which was a wire suspension bridge. David Morse of Frankfort can give even more detail on the history of the railroad and crossings.

The present railroad bridge was built in 1929.