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Camp Nelson Covered Bridge 17-40-03x / 17-57-10x


Ancient Ruins

One can call this bridge the "Old" Old Camp Nelson Bridge. The Camp Nelson Covered Bridge is the first of three bridges crossing the Kentucky River on US 27 (See Old Camp Nelson Bridge information and pictures). The bridge was a 240' long double barreled covered bridge built in 1838. Union troops during the Civil War used this bridge and the bridge continued to remain in use until 1926 when a truck fell through its floorboards. A new bridge, the "Old Camp Nelson Bridge," was built the same year and this bridge was closed to traffic. Efforts were made to save this bridge, but proved futile, and in 1933 the bridge was demolished. All that remains of the Camp Nelson Covered Bridge are its stone approaches and a preserved facade on its northern approach. The bridge that replaced this bridge was also replaced by a new bridge in 1972. The "replacement" bridge currently sits abandoned next to the ruins of the Camp Nelson Covered Bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Lost covered bridge over Kentucky River on an old alignment of US 27 (Old Lexington Road)
Garrard County, Kentucky, and Jessamine County, Kentucky
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1838 by Lewis Wernwag and survived the Civil War. Bridge was closed to traffic in 1926 when a truck broke through the bridge's deck. The bridge was demolished in 1933 and all that remains are the approaches and a facade on the north approach.
- Louis Wernwag of Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.76974, -84.61718   (decimal degrees)
37°46'11" N, 84°37'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/709872/4182941 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Hickman
Inventory numbers
WGCB 17-40-03x / 17-57-10x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 36347 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2018: New photos from Dave King
  • August 22, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Lewis V Wernwag"
  • June 30, 2010: New photo from Andrew Hansford
  • September 29, 2008: New photo from James McCray
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • March 4, 2008: Updated by James McCray

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Camp Nelson Covered Bridge 17-40-03x / 17-57-10x
Posted October 25, 2017, by Tom Hoffman

What? Were the old portals burned, blown down, or what? Also seeing pictures of the old covered bridge, it looks like it was a long single span(wonder how long).

Camp Nelson Covered Bridge 17-40-03x / 17-57-10x
Posted October 23, 2017, by Clark (jcembree [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even the remains of this bridge are being lost to time. Here is what it looks like as of October 2017

Camp Nelson Covered Bridge 17-40-03x / 17-57-10x
Posted March 17, 2015, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

In fact, the "facade" at the north approach is not a part of the original bridge. This is a monument to the bridge built in the early 1970s. There is no original lumber in this structure.

Camp Nelson Covered Bridge
Posted June 30, 2010, by Andrew Hansford

On the street view, the ruins of the covered bridge are behind the cluster of trees to the right of the truss bridge.