Near Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
L&N Railroad Bridge
The bridge’s true importance became evident in 1861, as the armies of the Union and Confederacy sought control of the vital rail lines. This railroad bridge was the link that could draw northern forces south. In an odd turn of fate, in August 1861 when General Simon Bolivar Buckner received instructions to destroy the bridge, the Keys, who had joined Buckner’s rebel force, were detailed to set and blow the charges, dropping two spans into the river to prevent the Union from using the bridge.
Three battles and five years of continuous military occupation followed, all for defense of the bridge. But the war would end, and trains would continue, and the stone piers that bore witness
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Albert Fink, a German immigrant and civil engineer, devised a type of bridge truss known as the “Fink Truss,” a patent design of overlapping wrought-iron king-post trusses with additional diagonal bracing. The piers are constructed of locally quarried limestone.
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Plumb-bob used by John W. Keys and sons in building the bridge piers.
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During occupation, armies would lay floors across the bridge’s rails to allow men, horses and wagons to cross in great numbers.
Erected by Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 37° 15.522′ N, 85° 53.467′ W. Marker is near Munfordville, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker can be reached from Charlie Dowling Road 0.3 miles north of S. Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W). Marker is Stop #4 on the Battlefield Loop (Walking) Trail at the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve; the above directions are to the trailhead. Parking is available at the Anthony Woodson Farm of the Battle Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Munfordville: Siege (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Craig (about 700 feet away); Battle of Munfordville: Day 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Munfordville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kentucky and the Western War (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Raider (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anthony Woodson Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); The Woodson Farm (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Munfordville.
More about this marker. The marker includes a watermark drawing of a train crossing the bridge and a portrait drawing of Albert Fink.
Also see . . . Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve. Official website for the preserve. (Submitted on September 8, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.