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Washboard Road Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray


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Abandoned Pratt pony truss bridge over Cruises Creek on an abandoned section of Washboard Road
Kenton County, Kentucky
Pinned 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Also called
Old KY 177 Bridge
Old Decoursey Pike Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.84453, -84.46733   (decimal degrees)
38°50'40" N, 84°28'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/719802/4302572 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Mossville
Inventory number
BH 45238 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


5-panel truss (603)
Abandoned (3,957)
Deck removed (59)
Kenton County, Kentucky (38)
Kentucky (1,431)
Owned privately (1,966)
Pin-connected (5,049)
Pony truss (17,232)
Pratt pony truss (4,024)
Pratt truss (10,540)
Truss (36,793)

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Deck removed", "5-panel truss"
  • May 13, 2010: Updated by J.P.: added creek name
  • May 13, 2010: Added by James McCray


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


Washboard Road Bridge
Posted October 15, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a short video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2puo-bl7St8

Washboard Road Bridge
Posted April 16, 2017, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] Scenicroadrallies [dot] com)

Hi Rich,

I'm interested in producing a short documentary video on this bridge. Could you please give me a call at 812-623-5727?

Satolli Glassmeyer

Washboard Road Bridge
Posted July 6, 2014, by Rich

Thanks. It's an interesting artifact to have connected to our farm. I have considered adding partial flooring on our end. Looks like route 177 once took a different path..

Washboard Road Bridge
Posted June 23, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I can't tell you about the route, but the bridge is a pin connected Pratt type pony truss. It almost certainly dates from before World War 1 and may be considerably older - some of the experts on here can probably provide more info.

It is in remarkably original and remarkably good condition. The built up floor beams have not been replaced and are not rotted out. If you have ownership and want a farm access point, you could probably get away with simply adjusting the tension members and installing new wood stringers and deck.


Art S.

Washboard Road Bridge
Posted June 22, 2014, by Rich (Lboehne [at] twc [dot] com)

We are the owners of the farm on the Washboard Road end of this bridge (versus the 177 end). If anyone has some history about this bridge or the route it used to serve, let us know. Thanks. Rich