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L&N - Danville Lift Bridge


Danville Railroad Bridge

This is the old vertical lift span of the Danville Railroad bridge in operation over the Tennessee River at Bridgeport,Al.

BH Photo #254843


This bridge was built in 1931 at the location of an earlier bridge built in 1859 and modified in the 1870's. In 1941 the bridge had to be raised due to the creation of Kentucky Lake through controlled TVA flooding. In 1981 the vertical lift span was disassembled and floated down the Tennessee River on barges and reassembled at Bridgeport, Alabama. The bridge remains in service there today.


Abandoned through truss bridge over Tennessee River/Kentucky Lake on L&N Railroad
Benton County, Tennessee, and Houston County, Tennessee
Disassembled on Benton County side,the two spans on the Houston County side are used as a private residence
The original wooden bridge was built at this location in 1859. It was modified and rehabilitated in the 1870's then rebuilt in 1931 by the VIrginia Bridge Co. Ten years later in 1941 the bridge had to be raised due to the creation of Kentucky Lake.
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Through truss
Also called
Old Houston County Railroad Bridge
House Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.30118, -87.95256   (decimal degrees)
36°18'04" N, 87°57'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/414474/4017775 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56394 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2018: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • September 25, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 1, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • May 30, 2013: New photo from John R Latimer
  • May 29, 2013: Added by John R Latimer
  • September 23, 2012: New photos from James McCray
  • July 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited infor: privately owned and added approach span type
  • July 9, 2012: Added by James McCray

Related Bridges 


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • explorekentuckylake.com - Pics and info on bridge
  • Luke
  • John R Latimer - latimers00 [at] bellsouth [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Old Houston County Railroad Bridge
Posted September 23, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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