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Young's High Bridge



The Young's High Bridge is in the works of being refurbished into a pedestrian bridge. To date, the bridge has remained the same since 1888. The bridge is 283' high.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Young's High Bridge was purchased in February 2013 for $105,000 by Young's Bridge Partners LLC, according to a deed filed in Anderson County.

Mitchell Morris of Springfield is listed as the organizer and member of Young's Bridge Partners. Contacted Sunday, Morris said he was general manager of Vertigo Bungee, a 23-year-old company that does base-jumping events across the country and around the world.

The last passenger train crossed the bridge in 1937, and most freight traffic was gone by the 1970s. The last diesel engine crossed the bridge in 1985.

Ten years ago, a nonprofit charitable organization called Tyrone Bridge and Rail Co. tried to raise money to preserve the bridge. But that group dissolved in 2011, according to the website for the Kentucky secretary of state.

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. donated the bridge to Young's High Bridge Historical Society LLC in July 2008, according to a deed filed in Anderson County.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/24/2530028/old-kentucky-rive...


Cantilevered deck truss bridge over Kentucky River on former Southern Railway
Tyrone, Anderson County, Kentucky, and Woodford County, Kentucky
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Plans are for bridge to be rehabilitated and retrofitted for pedestrian use and bungee jumping.
Built 1889, closed to traffic in November 1985
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan (Fabrication)
- Hopkins & Co. (Substructure)
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Cantilevered pin-connected Pratt deck truss
Length of largest span: 551.0 ft.
Total length: 1,659.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Tyrone Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.04030, -84.84576   (decimal degrees)
38°02'25" N, 84°50'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/689043/4212476 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36662 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • September 15, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 4, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Added category "Tall Bridges"
  • September 29, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • February 25, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Update status: sold to private owners for bungee jumping business
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added chief engineer
  • December 12, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 12, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by James McCray: updated gps coordinates
  • June 3, 2008: Added by James McCray

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Young's High Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Normal pool level is the standard by which most bridge heights are measured. In Chicago the city datum is often used as well.

Its an interesting discussion. Another interesting element is the actual engineering significance of the bridge's height. Despite being so high, the Royal Gorge Bridge really does not offer any unique engineering as a result of its height, since the towers rest at the top of the gorge. Its really no different than a suspension bridge over a shallow valley. In contrast, Young's High Bridge has very tall bents which rest lower in the valley... thus the height of Young's High Bridge has a profound impact on the appearance and design of the bridge, and thus the height of the bridge is more significant from a historical/technological standpoint.

Young's High Bridge
Posted August 3, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The standard I have always heard used as the reference was "Normal Pool Level" and that can vary according to how busy the Army Corp of Engineers" has been in installing dams and locks for navigation. 10 feet would be a lot and 43 feet would be out of the question.

Of course the original height might have just been a plumb bob on a line which leaves a lot of room for figuring out how much stretch to figure into the line.

Young's High Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

What was the method of measurement? It would be really interesting if the height had been misrepresented for over a century! There are bound to be variations according to the river level but 43 feet is too much to be explained by that. Maybe they just fudged the numbers so they could claim the honor of being higher than "High Bridge" was before it's reconstruction?

Young's High Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Hatcher (Vertigobungee [at] gmail [dot] com)

We measured young's high bridge at 240ft above the Kentucky river

Young's High Bridge
Posted September 29, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beautiful shot J.P.!

Young's High Bridge
Posted September 28, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Rare look a the top of the Tyrone High Bridge at the end of the Bluegrass Railroad Line.

Young's High Bridge
Posted April 12, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Vertigo Bungee has announced plans to conduct jumps in May 2013. they are quaoted as saying that they are planning on hosting jumping four to ten weeks a year and potentially be open to sightseers. This according to an article in the May 2013 "Trains" magazine.

Young's High (Railroad) Bridge
Posted April 6, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

Interesting note: This bridge was 8 foot taller than Kentucky High Bridge when it was built. When Kentucky High Bridge was rebuilt in 1911 it was raised 33 feet to 308 feet high to take the crown back.

Young's High (Railroad) Bridge
Posted December 20, 2009, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

Looks like a good tourist spot as the Wild Turkey distillery is right next to the west side of the bridge.

Young's High (Railroad) Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by barron daniels (bndaniels587 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is really interesting web site. Glad they plan to preserve this bridge for future use as a pedestrian bridge and not tear it down.