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Old KY 169 Bridge


looking from the road

Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #166796


Street View 


Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Hickman Creek on old 169
Jessamine County, Kentucky
Removed by not replaced
Built 1915 by the Empire Bridge Co. of Lexington, KY to replace a covered bridge, Abandoned Spring 1987; Demolished Novermber 2011
- Empire Bridge Co. of Lexington, Kentucky
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Also called
Union Mill Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.89287, -84.51376   (decimal degrees)
37°53'34" N, 84°30'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/718619/4196843 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated status to removed by not replaced.
  • December 23, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated to no longer exists, waiting on more info.
  • September 13, 2011: Updated by J.P.: fixed bridge builder to Empire Bridge Co. of Lexington, KY instead of just empire bridge co
  • August 30, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated building year.
  • August 18, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated bridge type: The main span is a subdivided Warren pony truss, not a Pratt pony truss.
  • August 17, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated builder and year
  • July 19, 2010: New Street View added by Andrew Hansford
  • June 1, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • June 1, 2010: Added by J.P.



Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted June 15, 2017, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised i haven't posted this here.

The covered bridge in 1895:

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted December 27, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Absolutely pathetic. The approach spans on this bridge were very rare. However, this is Kentucky and I am not surprised that such a shortsighted and wasteful decision was made. Their attempts to discuss preserving this bridge were obviously incomplete, since this bridge could easily have been fully restored for another 100 years with little difficulty. No need for a "short term fix."

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted December 27, 2011, by J.P.

Here is a article with photos of the bridge removal.


Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted December 23, 2011, by J.P.

The bridge is officially lost, the person who told me drives by it on a weekly basis said it was there last week gone this week. My guess is the dispute over who owned it was settle and it was removed.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted August 30, 2010, by J.P.

never mind ignore my last post about the dating of the bridge. I actually found a log from princeton university that they county contracted the bridge between july and decemeber of 1915.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted August 30, 2010, by J.P.

received the news paper article from the Jessamine county library about people trying to save this bridge. first found out the bridge was closed 1987 by recommendation of the state. 2nd says a women has wood framed sketch from 1865 showing this bridge and the mill. Not sure what to do with that since i really do not believe this bridge was built then. 3rd the county refuses to use money to repair the bridge and reopen it. Because of the small demand for its use. and i have found a picture with covered bridge.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted August 17, 2010, by J.P.

Thanks Anthony.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted August 17, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The foundation made of cut stone is likely the 1865 part of this bridge. I would figure the riveted trusses to be from the 1910 to 1925 era. It is a very good possibility that a covered span preceded the current one.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted August 17, 2010, by J.P.

there was covered bridge originally at this location. Not sure of the year that was lost. Though there is a article from the herald leader that is being mailed to me that claims that this bridge was built 1865. I'm not sure if this is correct or not. Though i did find the builder which was the empire bridge company of Lexington. Just curious of everyone else's opinions. But personally i'm feel the bridge was built between 1900 and 1910.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reply to J.P.

Double-intersectional Warren pony trusses have become rather uncommon, and multiple span examples are quite rare. I can think of only a couple other examples of multiple spans:




Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted June 6, 2010, by J.P.

has anyone seen a bridge like this. found it odd to see a bridge multiple double intersecting warrens.

Old KY 169 Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by J.P.

This bridge is in serious disrepair. Most of the abutments are falling apart. the main pratt span is starting to lean to the north. while the 2 approach double intersecting on the east side are falling to the south. Lets hope its able to be saved.