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 & Viaducts • Railroads & 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′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John McMurtry’s Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rev. John Rice (approx. 3.1 miles away); John Gordon's Station (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fairview (approx. 3.4 miles away); Neighbors-Governors / Mercer Governors (approx. 3.9 miles away); Bethel Academy / Asbury College (approx. 4.4 miles away); Gabriel Slaughter (approx. 5.1 miles away); Abraham Chapline Plantation / Rufus Henry Vandarsdall House (approx. 5.3 miles away).
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 47 times since then. 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.