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Butler Covered Bridge 17-96-02x

Photos 

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in October 2010

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BH Photo #182478

Map 

Description 

Built 1870 by J.J. Newman & B.F. Erwin under firm name of Newman & Erwin, Middleton, Ohio, for commissioners of Pendleton County.

-- Historic American Buildings Survey

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Licking River on KY 177
Location
Butler, Pendleton County, Kentucky
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1870
Builder
- J.J. Newman
Design
Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 456.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.78972, -84.36751   (decimal degrees)
38°47'23" N, 84°22'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/728642/4296734 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Butler
Inventory numbers
KY 96 (Kentucky bridge number)
WGCB 17-96-02x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 45329 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 3, 2014: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • November 15, 2011: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added missing location.
  • January 17, 2011: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 14, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 20, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger

Sources 

  • Bill Eichelberger
  • HABS KY-20-11 - Wood-Covered Bridge, Spanning Main Licking River, Butler, Pendleton County, KY

Comments 

Butler Covered Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately Walter, I have found way too many of these historical markers with incorrect information.

This one seems to be chock full of it!

Butler Covered Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] Gmail [dot] com)

As this photograph from late summer 1937 clearly illustrates, all three spans of the Butler Bridge remained intact until the end. The approach span at this end is original to the structure. The far abutment is all that remains intact at this location though the abutment footings are visible in the river bed. The abutment at this end is now just a pile of discarded stone.

Walter Laughlin

Kentucky's Covered Bridges

Arcadia Publishing, 2007

Butler Covered Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] Gmail [dot] com)

To my knowledge there has never been any indication that the original work on the bridge was sub-standard. No mention of this appears in any record I have researched and such sub-standard workmanship would have caused problems with the structure much earlier than 1937. The bridge was repaired by the Bower Bridge company in 1904.

Second: The 1937 flood did NOT cause one of the spans to be destroyed. The bridge was used (though the roof and siding were removed prior to 1934) until the new bridge was completed in September or October, 1937.

Third: AND AGAIN. The bridge at Butler was NEVER the longest covered bridge in the world. It was never the longest in the United States. It WAS the longest ever built in Kentucky.

Walter Laughlin

Kentucky's Covered Bridges

Arcadia Publishing, 2007