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Kentucky & Indiana Bridge (1886)


Kentucky & Indiana Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in September 2015

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #439455


This enormous bridge was noteworthy as one of the first large cantilever truss bridges built in the United States, with an overall design profile similar to the later Queensboro Bridge in New York City. When built, this bridge was claimed to have the country's longest cantilever span and the longest movable span. The seven main spans extended for 2,453'.


Lost cantilever through truss bridge over Ohio River on Monon/Southern/B&O/Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad/Daisy Line and Road
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Floyd County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1886; Replaced 1912
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio (1893 approach replacement.)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- Chicago, Indianapolis, & Louisville Railway (CIL)
- Daisy Line
- Interurban
- Kentucky & Indiana Bridge & Railroad Co. (K&IB&R)
- Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad (K&IT)
- Louisville & Southern Indiana Traction Co. (L&SI)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
North to south:
Timber trestle approach, 781'
Baltimore through truss, 240'
Double-intersection Warren through truss swing span, 370'
Cantilever through truss, 260'; 480'; 360'; 483'; 260'
Timber trestle approach, 3,990'
Length of largest span: 483.0 ft.
Total length: 7,224.0 ft. (1.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.28132, -85.80140   (decimal degrees)
38°16'53" N, 85°48'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/604832/4237708 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Albany
Inventory number
BH 60983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added dimensions and description
  • June 10, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • September 14, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 16, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 10, 2015: Updated by Luke: Converted Panhandle duplicate into an entry for an unlisted bridge.
  • September 10, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 15, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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Kentucky & Indiana Bridge (Old)
Posted December 14, 2015, by JeffersonClark (Jeffersonclark [at] insightbb [dot] com)

The first two sketches ARE NOT the old K&I.

They are of the Pennsylvania (panhandle) Bridge.

The K&I was never referred to as the panhandle bridge.

The last picture is the old K&I.