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"Old" River Road/Goose Creek Bridge



The Old River Road Bridge is so old that its completion date is uncertain. However one can know for certain that is older than 1935! The new bridge, which is directly to the left of the old bridge if one is traveling west on River Road, was built as a replacement bridge in 1935. Anyone having more information and details about this bridge are welcome to leave comments.

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Stone arch bridge over Goose Creek on old alignment of River Road
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Open to pedestrians
Bridge probably built sometime in the early-mid 1800's and still exists. The new bridge was built alongside in 1935.
- Isaac "Ike" Stewart
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.31708, -85.64681   (decimal degrees)
38°19'01" N, 85°38'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/618295/4241862 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 36326 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2015: Updated by James McCray: Updated builder info to reflect info given by builder's great granddaughter.
  • April 28, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 1, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by James McCray: updated gps coordinates
  • February 28, 2008: Added by James McCray


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


"Old" River Road/Goose Creek Bridge
Posted September 19, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Mrs. Stewart,

I have added your great grandfather's name (Isaac "Ike" Stewart) as per the info you gave in the comments section.


James McCray

"Old" River Road/Goose Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2015, by Ina Stewart (Ny2tx [at] outlook [dot] com)

I think you will be interested in the builder of this bridge. His name was Isaac "Ike" Stewart. My Aunt, Geneve Stewart King, who has lived most of her life near Old River Rd, in Louisville told me the story of the building of Goose Creek Bridge. She said, Ike Stewart her grandfather built the bridge because he needed a way to get across the creek. Other ways over the creek were to long, so he took it upon himself to build the bridge.

The Goose Creek Bridge was built before the 1900's. Isaac Stewart, was buried in Utica, however his grave was uprooted in the great Mississippi Flood and the casket never found. There is no marker where he was laid to rest and only two of his children remain in the cemetery. The two who remain are John Dempsey Stewart and Turner Stewart.

My Aunt, is still living at the age of 91. She is as sharp as a tack and remembers how Louisville looked long ago. She is the daughter of John Dempsey Stewart and Caroline Elizabeth Miller Stewart.

I am the Great Granddaughter of Isaac "Ike" Stewart and the Granddaughter of John Dempsey Stewart. I hope this helps in your research.