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Wilmore in Jessamine County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

High Bridge

 
 
High Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Hall, April 27, 2021
1. High Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Highest railroad bridge in US over a navigable stream (308 feet). Planned as suspension bridge for Lexington and Danville R.R. by John Roebling, designer of famous Brooklyn Bridge (N.Y. City). Huge stone towers to hold cables built in 1851. Work on bridge abandoned during Civil War. Towers removed in 1929 by Southern Railroad to permit double tracks.

First cantilever bridge built on the American continent. Most remarkable bridge in US when constructed in 1876. Marked the beginning of modern scientific bridge building. It was designed by Charles Shaler Smith and built for the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. Bridge was replaced in 1911, using same foundations without stopping rail service.
 
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society; presented by Southern Railway System. (Marker Number 1381.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 37° 49.135′ 

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N, 84° 43.16′ W. Marker is in Wilmore, Kentucky, in Jessamine County. Marker is on Lock 7 Road just east of High Bridge Road (Kentucky Route 29), on the right when traveling west. This marker is located on Park Rd approximately 160' south east of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 685 Lock 7 Rd, Wilmore KY 40390, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kentucky River Palisades (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Engineering Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shaker Landing / Shaker Landing Road (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Mail Stage Route (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Morgan's Men" Here (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shakertown at Pleasant Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Curd (approx. 1.4 miles away); John McMurtry’s Station (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmore.
 
High Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Hall, April 27, 2021
2. High Bridge Marker
High Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Hall, April 27, 2021
3. High Bridge Marker
High Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Hall, April 27, 2021
4. High Bridge Marker
High Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Hall, April 27, 2021
5. High Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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