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Red Bridge



Photo taken by James McCray


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Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Benson Creek on old KY 1005 (Devil's Hollow Rd.)
Franklin County, Kentucky
Built 1896 by the King Bridge Co.; replaced by new bridge in 1980.
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.20789, -84.93722   (decimal degrees)
38°12'28" N, 84°56'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/680603/4230892 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankfort West
Inventory number
BH 36862 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,081)
Abandoned (3,957)
Built 1896 (294)
Built during 1890s (3,280)
Franklin County, Kentucky (19)
Have street view (29,907)
Kentucky (1,431)
King Bridge Co. (451)
NR-eligible (4,125)
Owned by state (16,656)
Pratt through truss (6,229)
Pratt truss (10,540)
Through truss (17,886)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,349)
Truss (36,794)

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2016: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • October 30, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • February 4, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • April 28, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 27, 2008: New photos from James McCray
  • July 13, 2008: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER KY-13 - Red Bridge, Spanning North Benson Creek, Frankfort vicinity, Franklin County, KY
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Red Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by Anonymous

Something interesting I just found in researching some old newspaper articles.

The Bellepoint Covered Bridge collapsed April 30, 1880 due to high water undermining the south "pier (though pier may also mean abutment as I have seen them used interchangeably in old accounts - the one photograph of the Bellepoint Covered Bridge that exists is grainy and from a distance, but, there do not appear to have been approach spans). It appears that it fell intact and the north end remained on the abutment. The stonework that supports the iron bridge was new construction in 1880. In May, 1880, it was announced in the Frankfort Roundabout that the covered bridge that stood here was given to the county, by the Benson and Pea Ridge Turnpike Company, to replace the covered bridge that had washed out at Conway's Mill.

Conway's Mill is RED BRIDGE.

This explains why the abutments at Red Bridge were extended - visible in modern photographs.

The transplanted Bellepoint Covered Bridge at Conway's Mill was destroyed by the 1883 flood.