High Bridge, KY

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Over the weekend, my wife and I made a quick trip down to High Bridge, KY (near Wilmore) to see the famous High Bridge over the Kentucky River.  This bridge was built in 1876 for the Cincinnati Southern Railway, rebuilt in 1911, and expanded to two tracks in 1929.  It is, as you can see, still in use by Norfolk Southern today.

At the time it was built, it was the tallest bridge over a navigable waterway, and the tallest railroad bridge in the world until the early 20th century.

There’s a small park near the north end of the bridge with a dance pavilion, playground, restored caboose, and a scenic overlook, where you can also see the confluence of the Kentucky and Dix rivers just upstream of the bridge.

I hope to return later in the summer when the foliage is on and the river less muddy for some better photos.

ETA: Here’s a few more shots from this weekend’s visit…

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