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Chaplin River Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in January 2013


BH Photo #247117

Street View 


This bridge was once a covered bridge which existed during the battle of Perryville based on maps at the battlefield.


Concrete tee beam bridge over Chaplin River on Us-68 and US 150
Boyle County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1934
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 96.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.65028, -84.95139   (decimal degrees)
37°39'01" N, 84°57'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/680723/4168987 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KY 011-B00042N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 55264 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.2 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,987)
Boyle County, Kentucky (10)
Built 1934 (834)
Built during 1930s (12,199)
Civil War (16)
Concrete tee beam (3,358)
Have street view (29,327)
Kentucky (1,378)
Open (41,016)
Owned by state (16,595)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,286)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,878)
US 150 (13)
US 68 (11)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2017: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 21, 2013: Updated by James McCray: Added category "Civil War"
  • January 21, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • January 20, 2013: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "US 150", "US 68"



Chaplin River Bridge
Posted February 9, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1BaxaWMa4o

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 1921 date is incorrect and was my mistake. The bridge was damaged by an overloaded traction engine in 1909 and was removed and replaced by an iron pony truss. THIS bridge was replaced by a heavier pony truss about 1921ish which in turn was replaced by a wider concrete bridge in 1934.

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted January 20, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was built in 1934, but the covered bridge that it replaced was taken down in 1921 according to this link: http://books.google.com/books?id=SgQ2_U8H4Q8C&pg=PA70&lpg=PA...

So the bridge survived the Civil War but was taken down later, however, if it was taken down in 1921 and the new bridge was built in 1934 what was there during the interim?