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Mistaken Creek Bridge


from the creek bed

Photo taken by J.P. in Sept 2011


BH Photo #214775


Lost Bedstead pony truss bridge over Mistaken Creek on Yeaman-Olaton Road
Grayson County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1920
- Champion Bridge Co. of Wilmington, Ohio
Bedstead pony truss
Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.51917, -86.60611   (decimal degrees)
37°31'09" N, 86°36'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/534807/4152540 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Falls of Rough
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KY 043-C00023N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18796 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "5-panel truss", "Pin-connected", "Lattice Railing"
  • February 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge replaced per NBI listing
  • September 24, 2011: Updated by J.P.: add builder. (busted plaque on bridge but plaque size and placement indicates Champion)


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Mistaken Creek Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

This looks to me like a pin-connected bedstead that has had the lower part of its end pieces encased in concrete. Being pin-connected, it surely is older than 1920, but maybe 1920 was when it was moved here and "reinforced" by the concrete. And being the "oldest" record for this bridge, that "becomes" the date of the bridge, even though the truss existed somewhere else first.

Mistaken Creek Bridge
Posted September 24, 2011, by J.P.

Just curious if anyone else thinks this bridge is older then the 1920 ca date given by the NBI