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L&N - Henderson Bridge

Photos 

Remaining pier

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #215601

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Ohio River on Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Location
Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1885; replaced by the current railroad bridge just to the south
Builder
- Albert Fink of Lauterbach, Hesse, Germany
Railroad
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 521.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.84591, -87.59526   (decimal degrees)
37°50'45" N, 87°35'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447628/4188885 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Henderson
Inventory number
BH 49751 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 1, 2011: New photo from James Baughn

Sources 

Comments 

L&N - Henderson Bridge
Posted February 1, 2019, by Ian Gerard (ianagerard [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recently saw a claim by the Henderson Tourism Commission that G.W. Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel, was the architect of the L&N bridge. I had previously read contradictory information, and was able to find a number of historical records confirming that the chief architect was actually F.W. Vaughan, although Ferris was his assistant.

Below are some of the excerpts I found that corroborate this.

Sources:

Henderson. Suzanne Summers Thurman. Published 2008. The Gleaner. https://books.google.com/books?id=ylhYOiblGlkC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA....

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963. Kincaid A Herr. University Press of Kentucky.

https://books.google.com/books?id=jnaPZDIda_oC&pg=PA76&sourc...

Great Achievements - Notable Structural Engineers. Structure Magazine. https://www.structuremag.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/D-Gr...