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Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge

Photos 

Old Schley Road Bridge

Auburn News: May 12 1964

BH Photo #452001

Map 

Description 

Collapsed January 6, 1973

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Red River on Adairville - Keysburg (Old Schley Road)/KY 591
Location
Logan County, Kentucky
Status
Replaced by a new bridge in 1975
History
The date of construction is unknown. The bridge portal was clipped by a tobacco truck as it was turning to cross. This caused the principal post to buckle and the bearing to shift leading to the collapse of the bridge.
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Also called
KY 591 - Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.69135, -86.92189   (decimal degrees)
36°41'29" N, 86°55'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/506978/4060636 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85882 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Collapsed (359)
Kentucky (1,297)
Logan County, Kentucky (17)
Lost (23,428)
Owned by county (20,320)
Pratt through truss (5,208)
Pratt truss (9,025)
Through truss (14,558)
Truss (31,962)

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2019: Updated by Luke: Reverted GPS: Walter's memory is faulty.
  • December 28, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected the location as per the "Expert"
  • July 11, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 11, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Don Morrison

Thanks.

That was quick.

I was about to suggest polar drift or the Wabash Valley or New Madrid faults being behind the discrepancy. lol

Happy New Year! 8^)

Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Don Morrison

Of course I meant the "H" in Schley. Oopsy.

Hope the next Bridgehunter allows forum editing.

Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Don Morrison

Oh BTW, when we pronounce it, we pronounce the "L" in Schley, Iowa as well. Takes longer to pronounce it than it does to drive through.

"Shly"

Not sure about Schley, Kentucky, though.

LOL

Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge
Posted December 29, 2019, by Don Morrison

Hmmm...

Looking at 1955 historic aerials, I would place the pin at

36.691353, -86.921888 , about half the distance from the present bridge as now shown by the pin.

2013 Google Earth imagery appears to show a large abutment shaped object at the water's edge at 36.691383, -86.922075 , as well.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke, the evidence you have presented is irrefutable; the error is mine. As to the downstream set of abutments, Tony, you may be correct.

Melissa, if my comments seemed in any way to belittle the work you have done on this site, I apologize. That was not the intent.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Luke

And some lady's husband was adamant that https://bridgehunter.com/nm/san-miguel/bh69066/ was a road bridge that "had always been there", but maps again proved local's memories to faulty.

Maps don't lie. Faulty memories on the other hand...

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Perhaps the abutments are from an earlier span... Maybe one of those more than 700 covered bridges you documented?

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The 1955 Historic Aerial imagery clearly shows it located to the North of the dam.

Old Schley (Sly) Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Robert Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke, my information comes from the resident/owner of the property where the bridge stood. Her home was the general store and post office which was owned by her grandparents. the abutments still exist downstream of the dam.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Luke! I should have checked HA imagery myself but I've been juggling about 10 different things today.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Luke

On the contrary, historicaerials' maps are not oriented south-to-north. The bridge clearly crossed farther upstream than your faulty memory remembers, and no amount of arrogance on your part trumps a map.

Here's the exact same 1955 aerial I'd posted prior with road overlays turned on and a further-out zoom to prove as much.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I took care of it Walter... I just hope it meets your approval.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

If I could remember my Bridgehunter login and password I would. I'll have to rely on you.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Walter, you're more than welcome to correct it.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Melissa, you're welcome, but the dot is still in the wrong place. The map you had originally posted (which I copied and corrected)is oriented north to south. The photograph which Luke posted is oriented south to north. The bridge was below the dam (which is still standing) not above it though I did have it slightly farther south than it stood.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Walter, thank you for the information.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, thank you for correcting this.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Luke

For the reference of everyone who doesn't know of/like to use historicaerials.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2019, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've just spoken with a friend since childhood who owns and lives on the property where the bridge was located; the property was also owned by her grandparents who qwned the store which is now her home. In agreement with Kerry and Don, it's pronounced Sly.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted December 27, 2019, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

The old bridge was here, not where the concrete bridge now stands. The old abutments are still there.

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you !

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Kerry (Kerry [dot] holloman [at] gmail [dot] com )

Pronounced "sly." Named after Winfield Scott Schley from the Spanish American War. Lived here my entire life!

KY 591 - Red River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Well between the 3 options we should have it handled ! Thanks Don !

Old Schley Road Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Don Morrison

Since more options is always a good thing, the unincorporated "blink-and-you-missed-it" village of Schley, Iowa, is pronounced with a long i as in "high".

*Sigh* ...

KY 591 - Red River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I changed the name. I agree with the pronunciation ending in Lay not Lee

KY 591 - Red River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hmmmm... I would guess it might be pronounced "SCHLAY"...or "SCHLEE" maybe. You might consider changing it to the primary name and see if any comments pop up on the forum.

KY 591 - Red River Bridge
Posted July 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, any thoughts on the name of this bridge ?