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Old Scottsville Road Bridge (1877)


Drake's Creek Bridge

The Franklin Favorite: December 1 1949


BH Photo #443258


One span collapsed, and the other was used with a temporary bridge (likely a Bailey truss) until the new bridge was built.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Drake's Creek on Old Scottsville Road
Warren County, Kentucky
Collapsed. Replaced by new bridge.
Built 1877
Pratt through truss
Also called
KY 269-Drake's Creek Bridge (1877)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.93472, -86.39222   (decimal degrees)
36°56'05" N, 86°23'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/554124/4087803 (zone/easting/northing)
470 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 84376 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,680)
Built 1877 (120)
Built during 1870s (1,331)
Collapsed (453)
Kentucky (1,377)
Lost (29,171)
Lost 1949 (73)
Lost during 1940s (514)
Owned by county (21,658)
Pratt through truss (6,136)
Pratt truss (10,414)
Through truss (17,263)
Truss (36,026)
Warren County, Kentucky (14)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added builder and truss type
  • February 2, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Related Bridges 


  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
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Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted August 10, 2020, by Kevin Comer (kcomer300 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was the Highway 100 (Scottsville Rd) Bridge in Simpson County near Franklin. It was replaced by a concrete structure and now has been bypassed by the new KY 100 bridge.

Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted September 30, 2019, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Worth noting. The county did the modifications to the Old Richardsville bowstrings to achieve height and stability around this time.

Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted September 30, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

That reminds me, I owe Jim C. (and Nathan) scans of some of my documents. BTW, for those who know who Tony and I are speaking of, I spoke with him last week and he's still sharp as a tack.

In many cases I agree, especially past 1890, but certain early manufacturers/builders have a sufficiently distinctive style to make their design cues unique.

Now, to the bridge at hand, I put on my better eyeballs and if you look closely on the left of the first image, you will spot the portal with the back of the sub plaque still attached.

Also as none of the tension members pass through the verticals (which they do on a CBW Whipple), its a Pratt.

It would have looked like this: http://bridgehunter.com/photos/15/62/156219-L.jpg


Art S.

Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted September 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although CBW is certainly a possibility, I don't see enough here to say definitively that they are indeed the fabricator.

A noted historian and mentor of mine taught me not guess at these things without a good deal of proof.

Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted September 28, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


The verticals don't look right for a Phoenix. Also, zooming in on the first picture, I think the top chord is a rolled I beam. If so, its definitely a Columbia Bridge Works product.

I'll hold off editing it until others weigh in.


Art S.

Drake's Creek Bridge
Posted February 2, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Driver error... Again!

This was a Phoenix Column span, looks like it was a Pratt.