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Falls of the Ohio Bridge (1870)


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Fourteenth Street Rail Bridge,Louisville,Ky,1906. University of Louisville Photographic Archives

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BH Photo #320579


Lost Through truss bridge over Ohio River on Pennsylvania Railroad at Louisville
Jeffersonville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Clark County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1867-70, replaced in 1919
- Louisville Bridge & Iron Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
2 Warren through trusses (not traditional - subtype?)
25 Fink Deck Truss spans w swing
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 5,294.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Also called
Ohio River Bridge
Pennsylvania Bridge
Panhandle Bridge
Ohio Falls Bridge
Fourteenth Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.26673, -85.76808   (decimal degrees)
38°16'00" N, 85°46'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/607768/4236127 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Albany
Inventory number
BH 65573 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2022: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • October 28, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • October 21, 2019: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • September 17, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • August 6, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • September 6, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added historical name. Moved name based on current bridge's local name to alt names section.
  • April 4, 2015: Updated by Art Suckewer: Uploaded pictures, changed deck truss type and listed probable builder
  • January 18, 2015: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 



Panhandle Bridge
Posted May 19, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Panhandle Bridge was the historic name associated with the crossing. I believe it has to do with the shape of the island it crosses over.

Not sure when the Falls of the Ohio name came into play.

Panhandle Bridge
Posted May 19, 2022, by Luke

Name source was the now-404ing Weebly site I cited and the UofL libraryís digital collections, all of which referenced it as the Panhandle Bridge.

Falls of the Ohio is more in line with common naming, so thatís what it should be changed to.

Panhandle Bridge
Posted May 19, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

OK, I was just worried I was matching the wrong article to the wrong bridge. I always get this bridge mixed up with another Fink on the Ohio. The name of the bridge on this website really through me off because I have never heard anyone call this bridge or its successor the Panhandle Bridge, to me that is a bridge in Pittsburgh. My research indicated that this bridge was most commonly called simply the "Ohio River Bridge" (Mr. Fink's and the Louisville Bridge Company's name) or the Fourteenth Street Bridge (common public name), or the Falls of the Ohio Bridge.

I wonder if it was an accident or a clearance problem. Actually those are both probably the same problem, I guess the question would be whether they replaced the deck truss in anticipation of a clearance-related accident or if they had an accident and needed to replace it with a through truss.

Panhandle Bridge
Posted May 19, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Photos 12 and 13 do show what appears to be a Warren deck swing truss. It was apparently very short-lived.

Panhandle Bridge
Posted May 19, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is something missing from the history of this bridge. The annual report for the Louisville Bridge Company shows a deck truss swing span. However photos on this page show a through truss swing span. So it must have been replaced at an unknown date?