Historical High Bridge, built in 1876, gets annual inspection

June 17, 2014 

Workers got a closer look at High Bridge by riding in a bucket that was lowered from a truck on the railroad tracks. High Bridge carries railroad tracks over the Kentucky River between Jessamine and Mercer Counties.

The bridge, which is 308 feet above the river, was the first cantilever bridge on the American continent when it was built in 1876. Workers were reviewing the bridge Monday for its annual inspection.

A park near the bridge features a viewing platform that overlooks the bridge from the edge of the palisades.

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