Near West Point in Hardin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Bridge
The railroad track you crossed entering Fort Duffield Park was built in 1893 as the “Texas Route” to connect Louisville and St. Louis. A few years later it was renamed the Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Railway. Originally the line was built from West Point to Henderson, Kentucky. In 1907 the railway bridge across Salt River collapsed and fell into Salt River where most of its iron frame works as well as the concrete middle pier remained covered with 25 feet of water until the present time. In the summer of 2007, construction was started to build a new bridge to replace the century old bridge. This mechanism was retrieved from the bottom of Salt River where is had laid submerged in 25 feet of water for exactly 100 years. It was a gear used to turn, or swing the entire steel work on the bridge whenever a steamboat would go up or down the then navigable Salt River. It is indeed a relic of days long gone.
Funding for this sign provided by a grant from Louisville Civil War Roundtable
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
1. Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Bridge Marker
Erected by Louisville Civil War Roundtable.
59.481′ N, 85° 56.77′ W. Marker is near West Point, Kentucky, in Hardin County. Marker is located in Fort Duffield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point KY 40177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
2. Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Bridge Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of Earthen Wall Cannon Emplacement (within shouting distance of this marker); Redoubt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Fort Duffield (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Duffield (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S. Fort Duffield (approx. ¼ mile away); Stuckey Gun (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Fort (approx. half a mile away); West Point (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
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3. Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Bridge Logo
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.