Kilgore Truss Bridge over Enoree River
Photo taken by C Hanchey in March 2009
BH Photo #135892
History of Bridge
Written by Nathan Holth. Information About Flood Provided By Earl Collins
This bridge site was historically known as Kilgore's Bridge. However, in March 15, 1912 a large flood occurred, partially destroying Kilgore's Bridge. During this flood, Cheves Caldwell Ligon attempted to cross the river in a boat. His boat capsized near the bridge and he died. As a result, this bridge is today known as the Ligon Bridge. The National Bridge Inventory lists a 1930 construction date for the truss bridge seen today. However the bridge stylistically appears to date to the early 20th Century, and thus the 1930 date may very well be incorrect. It seems more likely that the bridge seen today was constructed soon after the 1912 flood. One end of the truss span sits on riveted caissons while the other end sits on concrete abutments. The concrete abutments could potentially have been a 1930 reconstruction which might be the source of the inventory date. This, however, is just speculation.
- Through truss bridge over Enoree River on S-42-893
- Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and Laurens County, South Carolina
- Replaced by a new bridge
- Built 1930; rehabilitated 1982, replaced 2015
- Riveted Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 130.9 ft.
Total length: 292.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
- Also called
- Enoree River Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +34.65554, -81.96998 (decimal degrees)
34°39'20" N, 81°58'12" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/411116/3835272 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- SC 4270089300100 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 32073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 10/2011)
- Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.9 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
- December 17, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Bad news confirmed. Bridge replaced.
- September 20, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
- November 3, 2011: Essay added by Nathan Holth
- March 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.
- May 6, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
- March 24, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
- March 22, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey