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Benson Creek Bridge



This Whipple truss bridge has been restored and is now a pedestrian bridge at the end of Taylor Ave. in Frankfort. The bridge crosses Benson Creek where the creek empties into the Kentucky River. Anyone having more info regarding the history of this bridge, please feel free to leave comments.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Whipple through truss bridge over Benson Creek on a pedestrian trail at the end of Taylor Ave. in Frankfort
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
Open to pedestrians
Built 1881; Rehabilitated 1996
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.20331, -84.88208   (decimal degrees)
38°12'12" N, 84°52'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/685443/4230493 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankfort West
Inventory number
BH 36362 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 10, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: corrected build date per text
  • September 20, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 20, 2016: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • October 30, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • April 28, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 21, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 13, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • March 17, 2008: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Christopher Finigan
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com


Benson Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Good find! The 1881 date makes much more sense to me.


Art S.

Benson Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Section enlargement of circa 1874 photograph illustrating the Bellepoint Covered Bridge.

Benson Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by Walter Laughlin (Laughlin [dot] Robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built in 1881, not 1871. The covered bridge that preceded this was built in 1870 or '71. In fact, this is the third bridge at the site. The covered bridge was first. When it was being replaced, the new iron bridge collapsed in December, 1880 and had to be rebuilt.

Something interesting I just found in researching some old newspaper articles.

The Bellepoint Covered Bridge collapsed April 30, 1880 due to high water undermining the south "pier (though pier may also mean abutment as I have seen them used interchangeably in old accounts - the one photograph of the Bellepoint Covered Bridge that exists is grainy and from a distance, but, there do not appear to have been approach spans). It appears that it fell intact and the north end remained on the abutment. The stonework that supports the iron bridge was new construction in 1880. In May, 1880, it was announced in the Frankfort Roundabout that the covered bridge that stood here was given to the county, by the Benson and Pea Ridge Turnpike Company, to replace the covered bridge that had washed out at Conway's Mill.

Conway's Mill is RED BRIDGE.

This explains why the abutments at Red Bridge were extended - visible in modern photographs.

The transplanted Bellepoint Covered Bridge at Conway's Mill was destroyed by the 1883 flood.

Benson Creek Bridge
Posted May 4, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The flood waters rose far above this Whipple truss bridge's deck yesterday. Looks like the water was slow moving and the bridge looked OK. Photo courtesy Kentucky Transportation Cabinet