The High Bridge is the first Cantilever bridge built in North America. When it was built in 1877 it was also the highest bridge in the world. The bridge is 240' high from the Kentucky River.
Photo taken by James McCray in March 2008
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This bridge replaced the High Bridge built in 1877 . It is higher than the earlier bridge at 308 feet Vs. 275 feet. It was built around the older bridge in 1910-11 and the older bridge was kept in service throughout the construction. The older bridge was taken down in 1912 or 1913 so the two bridges occupied the same crossing for more than a year. The two bridges shared only the piers while they were coexisting. In early photos very stylish towers can be seen at either end of the bridge. These were built in the 1850's for a suspension bridge designed by Roebling but this bridge was never finished. The towers were dismantled in 1929 to allow clearance for a second track on the bridge, although photos appear to show that the lower approximately 20 feet of the towers were used to support approaches to the new bridge. The towers were regarded as a beautiful touch for the bridge and were missed by the locals. The engineer, Gustav Lindenthal went on to build New York's Hell Gate bridge and it has large stone arch tower ornamentation at its portals. Could there be a connection?
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. Cincinnati Southern Railway built and owns the bridge. Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific (CNTP) leased and continues to lease the line from Cincinnati Southern though CNTP is owned by Norfolk Southern (formally Southern).
- Cantilever Bridge over Kentucky River on Norfolk Southern Railway (former Cincinnati Southern Railway) in High Bridge
- High Bridge, Jessamine County, Kentucky, and Mercer County, Kentucky
- Open to traffic
- Built in 1911 to replace the original bridge built in 1877
- - American Bridge Co. of New York
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic)
- - Cincinnati Southern Railway (CNTP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Total length: 1,125.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.81747, -84.71981 (decimal degrees)
37°49'03" N, 84°43'11" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/700703/4188012 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 36348 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 25, 2017: New Street View added by J.P.
- January 22, 2017: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Attempt to clarify the ownership, lease holder and operator of this property.
- January 10, 2017: New photos from Dave King
- April 11, 2013: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
- October 11, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
- October 10, 2010: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
- October 4, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Correct Overview about ownership
- October 4, 2010: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
- June 1, 2010: New photos from James McCray
- June 1, 2010: New photos from J.P.
- April 28, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
- April 13, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added discription, date and ownership info.
- November 23, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
- July 29, 2008: Updated by James McCray: Updated GPS coordinates
- March 4, 2008: Updated by James McCray
- James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
- HAER KY-37 - High Bridge, 4 miles Southwest of Wilmore, High Bridge, Jessamine County, KY
- James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
- WorldTimZone - High Bridge History
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Jacob P. Bernard
- Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com