Rating:
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Brashears Creek Bridge

Photos 

Brashears Creek 1

Picture taken in 1987

Photo taken by Tandy Chenault

BH Photo #218251

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Brashears Creek on Picketts Dam Road
Location
Shelby County, Kentucky
Status
No longer exists
History
Built ca. 1940; replaced 2000
Design
Eight panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 171.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.14143, -85.30282   (decimal degrees)
38°08'29" N, 85°18'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/648726/4222867 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Simpsonville
Inventory number
BH 18943 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2011: New photos from Tandy Chenault
  • October 20, 2011: New photo from Tandy Chenault
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed Bridge Type
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added location
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: added new category

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Tandy Chenault - kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted April 26, 2013, by Butterbean (x [at] y [dot] com)

I had the pleasure of driving across this bridge once. A few years later (2002), I canoed past its wreckage in the creek bed. Has anyone yet salvaged the metal? It was very much visible from the road.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 22, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The portals of this lost bridge suggest ca.1890's to me. Also it was on cut stone abutments which are normally pre-1900, but of course they may or may not be original to this bridge.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 21, 2011, by Tandy Chenault (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I found the .PDF at Historicbridges.org most informative. I may have gotten a dose of Bowstring Warren Truss overload. So now I will look closer and longer at bridges then I ever have. Thanks for the site and the great pictures.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 20, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Try another fine historic bridge site:

http://www.historicbridges.org/info/intro/index.htm

You'll be talkin' the talk in no time flat!

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 19, 2011, by scooter (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Someone give me the quick "Bridge 101" course. I'm new to the site and need a little primer. What is a pony truss etc.?

I do a lot of back road riding (motorcycle) and I love seeing the old iron.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Perhaps the second bridge listed in NBI 1992 is the old truss? If so, 1919 makes more sense.

id=106*1208*C0027

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Thanks for giving us a look at this lost bridge.

Does anyone else think 1940 is a bit late for this one?

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by J.P.

Great Pictures!!! Wish she was still around, A awesome looking Bridge.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by scooter (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Someone even tried to burn the floor out but that old bridge was too tough to go like that. I didnt get a pic of the tiny burn hole. I think these pic's were taken in 1987 on a Pentax SLR.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by Scooter (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is a concete bridge there now but I and my cousin still go there just to breath fresh air and reminense.

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Feel free to post your photos right on this page, we would be very interested in seeing them!

Brashears Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by Scooter (kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have several pictures of this bridge before it was swept away by flood waters. I'd be glad to send them for anyone interested.

Tandyc