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Baxter Bridge

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One of two crossings featuring Baltimore through truss bridges in area

Photo taken in October 2010 by Calvin Sneed

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Overview
Abandoned Baltimore through truss bridge over Cumberland River, Clover Fork on KY 840
Location
Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built 1924-1925 by the Vincennes Bridge Company, served as the U.S. 119 Bridge, old U.S. 421 junction at north end. Bypassed in 1977 with the opening of the new US 421 bridge. Closed 1993.
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Design
Baltimore through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Old 119 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.85781, -83.32334   (decimal degrees)
36°51'28" N, 83°19'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/292877/4081618 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harlan
Elevation
1175 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KY 048*0840*B0051 (Kentucky bridge number)
KY 048B00051N (Kentucky bridge number)
KY 048-B00051N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 46408 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2014: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 9, 2011: Updated by James Gonzalski: Added inventory number
  • October 4, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Gonzalski
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Baxter Bridge
Posted June 16, 2014, by Brian Lockett (catbus420 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's more than likely kudzu on the bridge. When in bloom, it has little pink/purple flowers that smell sweet (sickeningly sweet).

They put a bunch around the mountains back in the 1930-40's trying to help fight erosion. It may have helped with erosion, but it liked the environment so much that it grew like a cancer. Many places in Appalachia are practically smothered by it today. My family has a cemetery in Loyall (a mile-or-so downstream from this bridge) and the only time you can get to it is when the kudzu has died down in winter.

It can be used for fiber. One of its medicinal properties has to do with alcoholism. Purportedly, if you use it for an herbal remedy, alcoholics will still drink, but be satisfied (therefore drink less alcohol) sooner. I've tried it and it kinda works. I just don't want it around my area as that would cause a disaster in regard to local farming.

Baxter Bridge
Posted December 2, 2012, by Anonymous

Almost looks more like a trellis than a bridge, with all the plants climbing or growing through it. Does it bloom in spring?

Baxter Bridge
Posted May 7, 2012, by Chris Wanninger

This one needs a little TLC!