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Royal Springs Bridge


Overview (Looking South/North Face of Bridge)

Photo taken by James McCray in January 2013


BH Photo #246793

Street View 


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Historic Georgetown/SCAC, Inc

Scott County Royal Springs Park and Arts & Cultural Center anchor the highway from the Kentucky State Capital on either side of an amazing 200 year old dry-stack stone bridge to welcome the community and visitors to site of the first settlement in 1774, and the site of the ca. 1892 Scott County Jail Complex, now entering Phase 2 of 3 for the Scott County Arts & Cultural Center.

Sometimes the very problem of being in a wonderful community is that we miss treasures we see every day. An amazing dry-stack stone bridge carries you across Royal Spring Creek. Royal Springs was discovered in 1774 by surveyor John Floyd and William Nash. This spring is just as vital in 2011 as it was in the late 1700s. It is still the main entrance to our community at its birthplace.

Most people have no idea the bridge is there, but one has existed for over 200 years connecting what was then known as George Town to Frankfort, the state capital. Elijah Craig, a busy man, making paper, building bridges, preaching, and creating Bourbon, settled this tract in 1786. He is credited with being the builder of all of the original bridges we cross over in Georgetown today. The Royal Springs bridge was laid stone by stone beginning in 1800. A 1904 book states that The work is about as perfect as it could have been done with stone.


Stone arch bridge over Royal Spring Creek on Main St. (US 460)
Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1800 (some sources claim 1789) by Elijah Craig. For a more detailed history see above in Description.
- Elijah Craig
Stone arch
Listed as a contributing resource to a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.21006, -84.56189   (decimal degrees)
38°12'36" N, 84°33'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/713462/4231932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55190 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


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Update Log 

  • January 13, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • January 12, 2013: Added by James McCray


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


Royal Springs Bridge
Posted December 17, 2016, by Anonymous


Royal Springs Bridge
Posted January 12, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This could easily be the oldest, and oldest still in use, bridge in KY.