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Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge

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Photo taken by James McCray

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Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Kentucky River on Sulphur-Bedford Road (KY 3175)
Location
Trimble County, Kentucky
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1901; bridge abandoned in 1999 when new concrete bridge was built
Builder
- Capitol Construction Co. of Columbus, Ohio
Design
Double-intersection Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 225.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.54887, -85.30273   (decimal degrees)
38°32'56" N, 85°18'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/647903/4268081 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bedford
Inventory number
BH 38481 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2012: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 29, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • January 5, 2009: Added by James McCray

Sources 

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

Comments 

Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge
Posted September 29, 2016, by Bill (williambeasy [at] aol [dot] com)

The old bridge is still there and has been decorated on its base by large, colorful graffiti. If only the stones could talk!

Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge
Posted October 12, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge
Posted June 10, 2012, by Ken (K1979lc [at] aol [dot] com)

I used to live near here and went fishing there alot. I always got a creepy vibe from the place. There used to be alot of kkk activity there .. One time

My father hooked something heavy in the water and when he pulled it up it was a partially burned dummy with slanderous words all over it . Theres also alot of racial graffiti around... Over all this bridge is very old and the area surrounding is chock full of history ...we used to find lots of fossils and petrafied antlers and such too .... I'm hoping to visit this bridge again one day ....

Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge
Posted December 1, 2009, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Elizabeth, I checked the state highway records and it appears this bridge was built in 1901. This type of bridge (with lots of rivets) could not have been built during the Civil War era. However, it's entirely possible that a previous bridge could have stood here during the 1860s and was then replaced.

Old Sulphur-Bedford Road Bridge
Posted December 1, 2009, by Elizabeth Richards (mbolderheart [at] att [dot] net)

I'm curious about this old bridge. For some reason, I remember reading an article about it many years ago, and can't be sure, based on my sometimes faulty memory, but thought the article called it a Civil War era bridge. I called the library, the local newspaper office, and have asked numerous native Trimble Countians, and nobody seems to know. If you know when this bridge was built, please let me email me with the info. I'm a Louisiana native, but have lived in Trimble County since 1975. Thank uou for any help you can give me. Elizabeth (SUE) Richards

Old Sulphur-Bedford Rd. Bridge
Posted January 8, 2009, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

Very nice set of pictures James.

Old Sulphur-Bedford Rd. Bridge
Posted January 8, 2009, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I had no idea this bridge still existed! I can remember driving across it when the new bridge was being built. The deck was scary and was the bridge narrow! With no listing I assumed the bridge was gone but I was wrong. I never noticed the unusual truss type until seeing these photos. Does anybody know what type it is? Is it some sort of Lattice or something? Just glad to see at least the bridge wasn't torn down but hate to see the floor fall away and the weeds start to swallow it up!