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Old US 42 Kentucky River Bridge


The First Carrollton-Prestonville Bridge

The Original KY River Bridge in Carrollton was built in 1900 and replaced by the new bridge in 1952. The current bridge is known "Big Blue Bridge." For more info on the "Big Blue Bridge," see the Kentucky River US 42 Bridge page.

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #126498



Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Kentucky River on US 42 in Carrollton
Carrollton, Carroll County, Kentucky
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1900
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Pennsylvania through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68059, -85.18822   (decimal degrees)
38°40'50" N, 85°11'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/657593/4282889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37698 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,031)
Built 1900 (918)
Built during 1900s (7,379)
Carroll County, Kentucky (12)
Carrollton, Kentucky (3)
Indiana Bridge Co. (136)
Kentucky (1,332)
Kentucky River (43)
Lally columns (316)
Lost (25,765)
Pennsylvania truss (505)
Pony truss (16,409)
Replaced by new bridge (17,399)
Through truss (15,467)
Truss (33,433)
US 42 (10)
Warren pony truss (3,430)
Warren truss (6,690)

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected truss type from Parker to Pennsylvania.
  • July 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 25, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 22, 2019: New photo from James McCray
  • August 26, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • November 2, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 31, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • October 19, 2008: Added by James McCray

Related Bridges 


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Old US 42 Kentucky River Bridge
Posted August 3, 2010, by Bill Davis (wmadavis [at] gmail [dot] com)

The columns that supported this bridge are still standing in the Kentucky River on the north side of the current bridge. A bit of the roadway approach to the bridge is visable at the corner of U.S.42 and Second Street, and a monument for the bridge erected on it. Concrete footings for the bridge are still visible in Worthville.

"The 1900 Bridge"
Posted June 12, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There are several images of this bridge on this page: http://www.nkyviews.com/carroll/carroll_KYriver_scenes.htm

More pictures that show it are scattered over the other Carroll County pages on that site, listed here: http://www.nkyviews.com/carroll/carroll_county.htm The Flood Scenes pages in particular have some good views of it, and the Prestonville page has an interesting picture of the highway approaching it from the west.

It appears from early pictures that the original approaches weren't in line with the main span and had crooks in them, but the 1937 flood pictures show a straight approach. Peculiar, indeed.

Old US 42 Kentucky River Bridge
Posted July 15, 2009, by Gary (Rebel9668 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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