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This is the second historic bridge moved and preserved at Sandy Watkins Park. The previous location was over Blackford Creek on Toler Bridge Road between Hancock County, Kentucky, and Daviess County, Kentucky. Please see the BridgeHunter page for photos of the bridge in this previous location and a photo of the plaque which has gone missing sadly.
This bridge is overall a traditional half-hip pony truss bridge with pinned connections, however it has an extremely unusual design of built-up vertical members, making this a distinctive bridge with an unusual design detail. This adds to the signficance of the bridge. Newspapers covering the relocation listed the construction date for this bridge as 1919 and the National Bridge Inventory listed a 1920 date. However pinned connections were not being used on pony truss bridges at this time, nor were unusual designs of built-up members. The bridge looks more like a ca. 1890s bridge. It is possible the 1919 date refers to a major rehabilitation or another relocation of the bridge back in 1919. The narrow 11.5 foot roadway width of the bridge is also suggestive of an older bridge. In 1919, even a 15 foot roadway would have been fairly narrow.
The photos appearing on this page were taken after the bridge had been moved, but before the deck was installed.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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