LN - Henderson Bridge
Photo taken by James Baughn
BH Photo #215601
This bridge was located about 90' upstream of the site of the current bridge.
The total length of this bridge (including extensive pile trestle approaches) has been stated at 27,995', (5.3 miles) but adding up the span lengths yields a length of approximately 19,650'. Either way, it would have been the longest bridge in the world at the time it was built. The bridge cost $2 million to construct.
- Lost Warren through truss bridge over Ohio River on Louisville & Nashville Railroad
- Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky, and Vanderburgh County, Indiana
- Replaced by new bridge
- Built 1885; replaced by the current railroad bridge just to the south in 1932
- - Albert Fink of Lauterbach, Hesse, Germany
- Louisville Bridge & Iron Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- - Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
- North to south:
Pile trestle approach, 16,124'
4 deck truss spans, 117'8" each
(2)8-panel, pin-connected Warren through truss spans with alternating verticals, 246'2" each
(1)20-panel, pin-connected Warren through truss with all verticals, 521'11 3/4"
(6)8-panel, pin-connected Warren through truss spans with alternating verticals, 246'2" each
Deck truss, 117'5"
Approach viaduct consisting of 447' of iron viaduct, (3)49' spans, (3)72' spans, (1)46' span
Length of largest span: 521.9 ft.
Total length: 27,995.0 ft. (5.3 mi.)
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.84591, -87.59526 (decimal degrees)
37°50'45" N, 87°35'43" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/447628/4188885 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 49751 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 4, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
- August 4, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added detailed structural description
- March 21, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
- July 19, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
- January 25, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
- October 1, 2011: New photo from James Baughn