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Inventory Number: KY/17-49-01x / KY-101-02x
County: Harrison County / Robertson County
Township:
Town/Village: Claysville
Bridge Name: Claysville
Crosses: Licking River
Truss type: Howe
Spans: 2
Length: 307'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1874
Builder: Jacob Bower
When Lost: 29 Sep 1953
Cause: Burned
Latitude: N38 31.16
Longitude: W084 10.95
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Topographic map of the area
Directions: Abandoned alignment of US 62 at Claysville.

Claysville Bridge, Claysville, Harrison County, KY Built 1874 Brush Fire 29 Sep 1953
Todd Clark Collection


Claysville Bridge, Claysville, Harrison County, KY Built 1874 Burned 29 Sep 1953
Traugott Keller Photograph, October 18, 1952, NSPCB Archives


Claysville Bridge, Claysville, Harrison County, KY Built 1874 Burned 29 Sep 1953
Traugott Keller Photograph, October 18, 1952, NSPCB Archives

Comments:
Vertical siding. Pier and abutments exist. The fire that destroyed this bridge was not arson. A local resident was burning trash on the bank when sparks ignited a drift pile at the pier and spread to the bridge. 1937 survey sheet exists. It was the last Kentucky covered bridge on the Federal highway system.
Sources:
Email received from Walter Laughlin in March 2006.
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume VI, No. 01 (March 1948), page 10
Database of Kentucky covered bridges compiled by Robert W. M. Laughlin
Laughlin, Robert W. M. and Melissa C. Jurgensen. Covered Bridges of Kentucky, 2007, pages 83 & 84

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