Louisville Bridge & Iron Co.
of Louisville, Kentucky
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University of Louisville provides the following about this company which is noteworthy due to its association with famous engineer Albert Fink.
The Louisville Industrial Works was founded in June of 1865, and located on the corner of 8th and Cawthorn Streets in Louisville. The first officers were: Albert Fink - President, A. P. Cochran - Secretary and Treasurer, E. Benjamin - Superintendent, Gilman Trafton - Engineer, and George and James W. Ainslie. One year later, on June 19, 1866, the name was changed to the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company. The company moved to 11th and Oak Streets in 1872. Both the name and location changes were to be permanent.
A 1924 article in the Louisville Courier-Journal reports some of the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company's major contracts to date, including:
A 1926 article in the Louisville Courier-Journal announces the retirement of Frank Vaughn, the president of the company (age 70) after 58 years of employment. If these dates are correct, Mr. Vaughn joined the company in 1866 at the age of 12 years!
The Louisville Bridge and Iron company closed in 1987 after 122 years of business in Louisville.
CFWR - Rock Island Bridge
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IC - Tangipahoa River Bridge
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IC - Tchefuncte River Bridge
(St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana)Abandoned Warren through truss bridge over Tchefuncte River on Illinois Central RailroadDerelict/abandoned
INRD - Wabash River Bridge
(Sullivan County, Indiana)Built 1910Through truss bridge over Wabash River and two county roads on Indiana Rail Road (former Illinois Central Railroad)Open to traffic
LN - Boiling Fork Creek Bridge
(Franklin County, Tennessee)Built 1914Lost Bridge over Boiling Fork Creek on Former L&N Railroad AlignmentOnly 1 pier remains
LN - Bridgeport Swing Bridge
(Jackson County, Alabama)Swing span, 1892Camelback Warren through truss bridge over Tennessee River on CSX RailroadReplaced by a new bridge
LN - Livermore Bridge
(McLean County, Kentucky)Built 1872Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Green River on Louisville & Nashville RailroadRemoved; Pier remains as a lookout point
NS - Reynolda Road Oveprass
(Forsyth County, North Carolina)Built 19161916 Pony/through plate girder bridge over Reynolda Rd on SOURR/NSRR
NS - West Market Street Overpass
(Jefferson County, Kentucky)Built 1939Steel stringer bridge over West Market Street on Southern Railroad (Formerly K&IT Railroad)Open to traffic
Old Clay's Ferry Bridge
(Fayette County, Kentucky)Built 1871Two-span through truss bridge over Kentucky River on KY 2328 (Old US 25) in LexingtonOpen to traffic
(Jefferson County, Kentucky)Built 1870Lost Through truss bridge over Ohio River on Pennsylvania Railroad at LouisvilleReplaced by a new bridge
State Route 2014 Bridge
(Bell County, Kentucky)Built 1873Lost Warren through truss bridge over Cumberland River on State Route 2014Bridge has been replaced.
Woodland Street Bridge
(Davidson County, Tennessee)Built 1886Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Cumberland River on Woodland StreetReplaced by a new bridge