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Harcourt Bridge



The bridge has been washed out, but the twisted remains of the bridge can be seen on the banks of the river.

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #212113



One can see the collapsed sections of the Bowstring Truss in the river and on its banks.


Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Nolin River on a closed section of Harcourt Rd
Hardin County, Kentucky
Destroyed by flood
Built ca. 1880 by the King Iron Bridge Company. Closed to traffic in 1994. Destroyed by flooding in 1997.
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.55375, -86.01254   (decimal degrees)
37°33'14" N, 86°00'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/587219/4156763 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49502 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 4, 2011: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Harcourt Bridge, 1920's - Historical pic of bridge as it was in the 20's and information.


Harcourt Bridge
Posted January 2, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found a picture of the bridge when it was intact:


Harcourt Bridge
Posted September 5, 2011, by Anonymous

Totally fascinating bridge hunt. You guys hunted it down to it's apparent final resting place....it's final fate. Lots of water under that bridge. Interesting history to that piece of engineering. Amazing.

Harcourt Bridge
Posted September 4, 2011, by Ben Tate

You can barely make it out in the 1997 Google Earth Satellite photo. It's much easier to see when flipping back in time on Google Earth

Harcourt Bridge
Posted September 4, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Talk about a punch in the gut! J.P. and I went on a bridge hunt of central and southern KY today and this bridge was one of the goals. The only thing that I knew of this bridge's existence was a sketchy and very obscure internet reference that only made a brief comment that a truss bridge was located on Harcourt Road across the Rough River, and that was a reference dated to 1982. So with that info, we set out to find this bridge. When we got close to the bridge's location we saw a sign that said "Bridge Closed", which indicated that the bridge could still be there. When we got to the bridge, however, we only saw the center pier and abutments and knew that the bridge was either demolished or washed out. However, upon closer inspection, we found the twisted remains of the Bowstring Trusses on both sides of the river bank. Take a look at the pictures and see the closeups of Bowstring Truss debris. I thought it rare to find a bowstring bridge, I think it may even be rarer to find Bowstring debris! Anyone interested in salvaging the remains are welcome to take on the challenge.