Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
L&N Railroad Bridge
The railroad bridge over the Green River stands a quarter mile to the southwest. Constructed 1857-59 by engineer Albert Fink, the bridge was at the time the largest iron bridge in the United States, with a total length of 1,800 ft. Stonemasons John W. Key & sons built the piers from local limestone. Over.
The L&N railroad bridge became vital in the Civil War. Two battles were fought here for control of this major link. Confederate General Simon B. Buckner ordered Key to destroy two spans to prevent Union use. Bridge repaired by Union and later reengineered. Over.
Presented by Munfordville Tourism Commission.
Erected 2004 by Kentucky Historical Society / Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2160.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 16.189′ N, 85° 53.234′ W. Marker is in Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker is at the intersection of Dixie Highway / Main Street (U.S. 31W) and Bridge Street, on the left when traveling south on Dixie Highway / Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 289 Bridge Street, Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Return of the Natives (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Munford Inn (about 500 feet away); Thelma Hawkins Stovall (about 600 feet away); Amos' Ferry (about 700 feet away); Living on the Land (about 700 feet away); The Pump Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pontooniers! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Munfordville in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Munfordville.
1. The railroad bridge
The railroad bridge is approximately 0.9 mile southwest of the marker and can be seen to the south when crossing the US 31W bridge. The location noted on the marker was the crossing of the L&N Turnpike bridge, not the railroad.
— Submitted February 2, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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