Young's High Bridge, built in 1888 further north also on the Kentucky River was taller at 283 feet above river pool level.
The bridge and railroad is owned by the Cincinnati Southern Railway which is owned by the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Southern runs from Cincinnati to Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is operated by Norfolk Southern. For more see "First High Bridge."
Has anyone noticed on google earth the 3d imaging of bridges starting to appear. some of them are really good, I have seen a couple that are not exactly correct. But here is an example.
I have added a new entry for the first High Bridge.
This should correctly be two entries. One for the 1877 bridge which was 275 feet high and was removed in 1929. The second (and current) bridge was built in 1911 on top of the old bridge and 33 foot higher at 308 feet which is confirmed by the historic marker in the pictures. The two bridges coexisted from 1911 until 1929 when the newer bridge had a second set of tracks added and the approaches were changed to eliminate the line to the old, lower bridge. This was also when the towers for the unfinished Robbling bridge were torn down. I suspect some of the stone work in the current approach could be stone ftom those towers.
I have considered trying to enlarge and correct this entry, but I consider that having two entries for the 1877 and 1911 bridges makes more sense. It's also an interesting footnote that these two bridges coexisted on the same site and on the same footings for about 18 years. Sounds imposable, doesn't it?
According to HighestBridges.com the original bridge was actually 33 feet lower than the present bridge. When making historical comparisons this must be taken into account. Interestingly the original bridge structure remained intact below the newer one until 1929 when it was removed and the newer bridge was double tracked. The 1877 bridge was 275 feet tall.
The bridge was rebuilt in 1911 with the new bridge structure being built around the original. The new bridge was wider and a second track was laid in 1929.