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Clover Fork Bridge

Photos 

View of bridge in mid-1980s, taken from cultural resource survey report

Photo taken by Martha Carver in mid-1980s

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BH Photo #374851

Map 

Description 

In 1924, Harlan County passed a bond issue to erect three concrete bridges in or near Harlan: this bridge over Clover Fork Creek near the Harlan School, a bridge over the Cumberland River into the Georgetown Addition (BH 18812), and a bridge over Martins Fork in Sunshine just south of Harlan (William D. Forester, Before We Forget: Harlan County 1920-1930; printed in Harlan 1983, page 82). Only the Georgetown Bridge remains. Harlan was flooded in 1977 and flood reduction measures were evaluated in the 1980s. Beginning in 1989, Clover Fork was diverted into man-made tunnels underneath Ivy Hill, and this bridge was demolished as part of that work.

The Steel and Lebby Bridge Company was in operation from 1924 to 1933 (Martha Carver, Tennessee’s Survey Report for Historic Highway Bridges, Nashville, 2008, pages 205-209). So, this bridge would have been built before the early 1930s. A construction date of about 1925-1926 is estimated.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Clover Fork
Location
Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky
Status
Demolished
History
Built about 1925 by Steel and Lebby Bridge Company
Builder
- Steel and Lebby
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.84660, -83.31654   (decimal degrees)
36°50'48" N, 83°18'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/293453/4080360 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harlan
Inventory number
BH 74990 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,258)
Built 1925 (1,144)
Built during 1920s (8,865)
Deck arch (10,495)
Harlan County, Kentucky (11)
Harlan, Kentucky (4)
Have street view (22,551)
Kentucky (1,135)
Lost (18,931)
Open-spandrel arch (691)
Owned by county (18,919)
Steel and Lebby (1)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 31, 2016: Added by Martha Carver

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