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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gratz in Owen County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Historic Gratz Bridge

Historic Gratz Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 31, 2022
1. Historic Gratz Bridge Marker
Highway 22/Gratz Bridge
The Department of Highways built the Highway 22/Gratz Bridge during a time of major road improvements in Kentucky. Automobiles unit trucks were becoming increasingly common and the public demanded better roads. By the end of the 1920s, the Department of Highways employed some 180000 people and accounted for almost half of the state's budget.

The Department of Highways opened bids for bridges across all of the state's major rivers, including the Kentucky River. The Gratz Bridge connecting Owen and Henry Counties opened in 1931.

The Department of Highways built the Gratz Bridge in 1931. It was significant for its design, which incorporated elements of two 19th century bridge types. Plans to replace the historic Gratz Bridge were finalized in 2008.

Designed for Strength
The Grate Bridge was comprised of two Warren tries bridges affixed to either end of a centrally located Parker Camelback truss bridge Developed in the 19th century, both. bridge types were known for their stability, strength and ability to span long distances.

This combination
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of bridge types allowed the Gratz Bridge to safely span the full width of the Kentucky River.

A significant example of a metal truss highway bridge, the Gratz Bridge was declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1931.
Location. 38° 28.418′ N, 84° 57.233′ W. Marker is in Gratz, Kentucky, in Owen County. Marker is on Harlin Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4147 Harlin St, Owenton KY 40359, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gratz, A Kentucky River Town (here, next to this marker); Earl New Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monterey (approx. 5.7 miles away); Drennon Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); Gen. Washington's Guard (approx. 6 miles away); Captain Samuel Sanders (approx. 6 miles away); Vice Admiral William A. “Mose” Lee Jr. (approx. 7.7 miles away); Harry Clark Karsner (1914-1971) / Karsner Air Field (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gratz.
Historic Gratz Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 31, 2022
2. Historic Gratz Bridge Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 10, 2023