According to "Railroads of Indiana" this bridge had the longest simple riveted-truss span ever built at 643'10.5". The current structure was built in a 1919 rebuild of the 1870 structure which used most of the old piers. The 644 foot span crossed where two spans had been before and the unused pier was removed. Pennsylvania Rail Road became the owner later and the current owner is Louisville and Indiana Railroad who purchased it from Conrail in 1994. It is built for and has carried double tracks but currently only has one track. It stands 106.7 feet above river pool stage.The first train crossed the bridge on "February 12, 1870. This bridge cost $2,003,696.27. In the various accidents during the construction of this work there were fifty-six men killed and eighty wounded." Quoting "The Big Four Railroad in Indiana" By Ared Maurice Murphy published 1925.
Through truss railroad bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville
Originally built by Louisville Bridge and Iron Co. in 1868 with Fink truss spans and a swing span over the canal portion, the bridge was rebuilt by Pennsylvania Steel Company between 1916 and 1919 with the Pennsylvania through-truss spans and vertical lift span still in use today.
Length of largest span: 644.0 ft.
Total length: 5,218.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Fourteenth Street Bridge
Ohio Falls Bridge
PRR Falls of the Ohio Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.26907, -85.76494(decimal degrees) 38°16'09" N, 85°45'54" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
USGS topographic map
BH 18824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
November 11, 2012: New photos from J.P.
May 9, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated builders
November 22, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Enlarged description.
April 5, 2010: Updated by J.P.: added view of veritcle lift portion of the bridge
March 28, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Information