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LIRC - Falls of the Ohio Bridge



Photo taken June 2005 by James Adorno

BH Photo #103318

Street View 


According to "Railroads of Indiana" this bridge had the longest simple riveted-truss span ever built at 643'10.5". The current structure was built in a 1919 rebuild of the 1870 structure which used most of the old piers. The 644 foot span crossed where two spans had been before and the unused pier was removed. Pennsylvania Rail Road became the owner later and the current owner is Louisville and Indiana Railroad who purchased it from Conrail in 1994. It is built for and has carried double tracks but currently only has one track. It stands 106.7 feet above river pool stage.The first train crossed the bridge on "February 12, 1870. This bridge cost $2,003,696.27. In the various accidents during the construction of this work there were fifty-six men killed and eighty wounded." Quoting "The Big Four Railroad in Indiana" By Ared Maurice Murphy published 1925.


Through truss railroad bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Clark County, Indiana
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1919
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Waddell & Son of Kansas City, Missouri
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Conrail (CR)
- Jeffersonville, Madison & Indianapolis Railroad (JMI)
- Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Replaced the original bridge that was built in the late 1860's reusing much of the original substructure.
The bridge was rebuilt by Pennsylvania Steel Company between 1916 and 1919 with the Pennsylvania through-truss spans and vertical lift span still in use today.
Length of largest span: 644.0 ft.
Total length: 5,218.0 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Also called
PRR - Falls of the Ohio Bridge
Falls of the Ohio Bridge
Fourteenth Street Bridge
Ohio Falls Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.26907, -85.76494   (decimal degrees)
38°16'09" N, 85°45'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/608039/4236390 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Albany
Inventory number
BH 18824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • June 8, 2018: New photos from J.P.
  • August 2, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 11, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • April 13, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Louisville Bridge & Iron Co."
  • November 11, 2012: New photos from J.P.
  • May 9, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated builders
  • November 22, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Enlarged description.
  • April 5, 2010: Updated by J.P.: added view of veritcle lift portion of the bridge
  • March 28, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Information
  • February 19, 2010: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • November 8, 2009: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • September 28, 2009: New photo from J.P.
  • December 21, 2008: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • May 28, 2008: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • October 10, 2005: Posted photos from James Adorno

Related Bridges 



Falls of the Ohio Bridge
Posted June 8, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was able to get to the South side of the bridge and get some photos of the lift span and plaque. Couldn't get on the bridge so it's a cropped photo of the plaque.

LIRC Falls of the Ohio Bridge
Posted March 11, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hope everyone is enjoying the weather

Falls of the Ohio Railroad Bridge
Posted November 11, 2012, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

On the Indiana side the stone abutment is a actually an old Limestone quarry they have converted for use.

Falls of the Ohio Railroad Bridge
Posted April 20, 2008, by David B. Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Falls of the Ohio Bridge view from Falls of Ohio Indiana state park Bridge marks state park eastern boundary.