Rating:
3 votes

Berry Bridge

Photos 

Grand opening photo

from the green county historic society.

BH Photo #177670

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Camelback through truss bridge over green river on old ferry road
Location
Green County, Kentucky
Status
Abandoned
History
built 1908 and deemed unsafe in 1981
Builder
- Champion Bridge Co. of Wilmington, Ohio
Design
Pinned Camelback through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.23787, -85.52070   (decimal degrees)
37°14'16" N, 85°31'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/631215/4122286 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Exie
Inventory number
BH 46191 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • September 29, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
  • September 16, 2010: Added by J.P.

Sources 

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

Comments 

Berry Bridge
Posted September 5, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge, along with two others in TN [(http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lincoln/old-mulberry/) and (http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lincoln/bh36464/)] are the only three bridges that I know of that has those interesting pony/bedstead truss type approaches. The Barry Bridge, in particular, seems to be an almost exact copy of the mulberry bridge (frito lay bridge) eventhough the mul. bridge was built by the American Bridge Co. whilst the Berry Bridge was built by the Champion Bridge Co. Could there be any connection between the three bridges? Or was that design common to bridges at the time?

Berry Bridge
Posted September 5, 2011, by J.P.

Finally got to go see this bridge, sadly no decking to walk on it. interesting story with this, so we stop due to a gate blocking the road with no trespassing, so there is a driveway right there so we drive up it to ask, James gets out and knocks on the door of the house, no answer comes back says the door has a sign on it that says welcome to hell, and that he heard gun shots from up the hill. So we drive up a little further, to find a very county looking old man, with a gun sitting by a barn. Normal instincts run, but we really wanted to see this bridge, So I sent James up to ask While I turned the van around for a quick get away....

Berry Bridge
Posted September 29, 2010, by J.P.

been planning it for awhile. just never seem to be able to get down to visit it. i actually found it via a news paper article. the bridge has been for sell for 1 dollar.

http://www.columbiamagazine.com/photoarchive.php?photo_id=27...

Berry Bridge
Posted September 29, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Neat find J.P.! I looked on satellite and it appears to still be extant. The historic photo reveals a few things.... The bridge has a plaque that identifies it as a Champion Bridge Company span. The bridge is a very large Camelback truss with a pony approach showing on the other side. I love the 4 brave souls that are sitting up high on the bottom of the sway bracing. I bet a trip to this beauty is in the near future!