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Old Camp Nelson Bridge



The Old Camp Nelson Bridge is really not the "oldest" of the trio of Camp Nelson Bridges (See Camp Nelson Covered Bridge). The Old Camp Nelson Bridge was built in 1926 to replace the Camp Nelson Covered Bridge and it was, in turn, replaced by a "newer" US 27 Camp Nelson Bridge in 1972. The "new" Camp Nelson Bridge is currently open to traffic while the Old Camp Nelson Bridge sits abandoned. All that remains of the "Old" Old Camp Nelson Bridge (Covered Bridge) are its approaches and its portal archway entrance on the north bank of the Kentucky River.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Parker Truss bridge over Kentucky River on Old Lexington Road
Garrard County, Kentucky, and Jessamine County, Kentucky
Closed to all traffic
Built 1927 and replaced the Camp Nelson Covered Bridge. However, in turn, it was replaced by the new (US 27) Camp Nelson Bridge in 1972.
- Nashville Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
Length of largest span: 275.8 ft.
Total length: 574.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.76778, -84.61722   (decimal degrees)
37°46'04" N, 84°37'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/709874/4182723 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Hickman
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KY 040-C00029N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18783 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Sufficiency rating: 15.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 25, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 28, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • September 29, 2008: New photo from James McCray
  • March 4, 2008: Updated by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Old Camp Nelson Bridge
Posted August 5, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a link to a video I just did on the history of the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMFapNvoF8o&t=8s