We will start our little tour of the bridges that front Cincinnati proper by looking at the bridge furthest east and work our way up river.  The first three cards show the Ohio River with the city seen in the distance.  The bridge you see in these cards is the Cincinnati Southern Railroad bridge. The next five cards show this bridge close up. The Cincinnati Southern remains the only railroad owned by a city in the country. It was started in 1869 by Cincinnati business and political leaders to establish a profitable economic relationship with the states to the south of Ohio. The 350 mile line terminating in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was completed in 1880. This railroad is municipally owned and was leased to the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific line.
  The bridge, constructed in 1877, was the third bridge to span the Ohio at Cincinnati. Although principally a freight operation it also carried paying passengers. The depot was in Ludlow, KY. To see the depot cards you will have to go to the Northern Kentucky site mentioned on the Main page. Go to Kenton County and then Ludlow. You will also find many train views there. A footbridge was added to the original bridge and, in 1921-22 it was completely rebuilt.

Southern RR Bridge-1.jpg (84634 bytes)                Southern RR Bridge-2.jpg (111909 bytes)                Southern RR Bridge-3.jpg (97506 bytes)

Southern RR Bridge-4.jpg (98189 bytes)        Southern RR Bridge-5.jpg (111673 bytes)        Southern Bridge-vert.jpg (80413 bytes)        Southern RR Bridge-7.jpg (111331 bytes)        Southern RR Bridge-6.jpg (108780 bytes)

Q&C Bridge.jpg (161439 bytes)

   The last aerial photograph above shows the bridge as it looks today.


   The first row of cards below are aerial views of the other bridges we will be looking at. The Brent Spence Bridge is not shown in these cards, nor is the I471 (Big Mac) bridge since these cards predates  both of those bridges.

Overhead-1.jpg (147931 bytes)        4 Bridges-1.jpg (131930 bytes)        Overhead-2.jpg (137397 bytes)        Overhead-4.jpg (143008 bytes)


Overhead-3.jpg (137120 bytes)        BEV Cincinnati & Ohio.jpg (263292 bytes)



   The next bridge in our little trip is the one not seen in the second row of cards. It is called the Brent Spence Bridge and is the main connector of the I-75 interstate highway running from Michigan to Florida  across the Ohio,
opened in 1963 it is a double decked bridge for vehicles only.

Expressway Construction to Bridge.jpg (1748909 bytes)
Construction of Expressways

   Brent Spence was born in 1874 in Newport, KY. he served as a state senator from 1904 to 1908 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1931 to 1963.
   The day this bridge opened on November 25, 1963 was a very sad day in the history of the United States. President John F. Kennedy was buried that day. As a consequence there was very little ceremony to the opening of the bridge. In conjunction with the bridges opening all tolls on the John Roebling Suspension Bridge ceased. Due to the traffic jams caused by local traffic the original three lanes in each direction were narrowed to four lanes. Originally designed to carry 80,000 vehicles a day was exceeded by 1968 and the average traffic count is now over 156,000 per day and because of the four lanes there are now no emergency lanes that can be used. A new bridge is now in the works to begin? Cost of the original bridge was around $10,000,000 and the estimated cost of the new bridge is from  $3.03 billion to?

Overhead-5.jpg (127282 bytes)         Bridge-cc10.jpg (290969 bytes)       Overhead-6.jpg (105877 bytes)
(C & O is other bridge shown above)


Brent Spence-Ohio side.jpg (266173 bytes)                I-75 Brent Spence Bridge.jpg (124727 bytes)
Approach from Cincinnati side.                                                               



     The next bridge seen to the right of the Brent Spence Bridge and the first bridge seen in the first five aerial views above was called the Chesapeake & Ohio Bridge. Completed in 1888 the opening was delayed until 1889 due to a damaging flood. It was the fourth bridge built, and was the city's first double track bridge. It also boasted the longest center span of any other railroad bridge in the world. The non-postcard image below shows this bridge under construction in 1888.

C & O Bridge under construction 1888.jpg (73380 bytes)

    In 1928-1929 a new C. & O. double track bridge was built next to the original structure, even sharing some of the stone bridge piers. After the new bridge opened to train traffic, the original bridge was purchased by the commonwealth of Kentucky and converted into an automobile bridge. In 1970 the old bridge was blown up and in 1974 a new bridge was built on top of  the original piers.
   This bridge is called the Clay Wade Bailey bridge. Named after a Kentucky newspaperman  who covered the Kentucky capitol in Frankfort for many years and was a favorite of the legislators who wanted to honor him in this way.

C & O RR-1.jpg (84751 bytes)    C & O RR-2.jpg (97517 bytes)    C & O RR-3.jpg (105165 bytes)    C & O RR-3a.jpg (107346 bytes)    C & O Bridge-a.jpg (88383 bytes)


C & O Bridge-b.jpg (91723 bytes)    C & O Bridge-c.jpg (81974 bytes)    C & O Bridge-d.jpg (131844 bytes)    C & O Bridge-e.jpg (95858 bytes)    C & O Bridge-f.jpg (118176 bytes)


C & O RR-5.jpg (82441 bytes)    C & O RR-6.jpg (96605 bytes)    C & O RR-7.jpg (86869 bytes)    C & O RR-8.jpg (147704 bytes)    C & O RR-4.jpg (142157 bytes)


Bridge-cc1.jpg (127366 bytes)    Bridge-cc2.jpg (110917 bytes)    Bridge-cc3.jpg (298423 bytes)    Bridge-cc4.jpg (126167 bytes)    Bridge-cc5.jpg (60451 bytes)


Bridge-cc6rp.jpg (154896 bytes)    Bridge-cc7.jpg (312323 bytes)    Bridge-cc8.jpg (243802 bytes)    Bridge-cc9.jpg (753241 bytes)





   The next bridge in line after the Suspension Bridge was the Central Bridge. This was the fifth bridge to be built and was opened in 1891. This was not a railroad bridge but was strictly for people. It was a toll bridge until 1953 and was called the Central Bridge because it was between the Suspension Bridge and our next bridge the L.& N. Bridge. This was the first cantilever truss bridge ever constructed. This design became common worldwide. From 1992 to 1995 it was demolished and a new bridge, the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, was built. The name is derived from two famous families responsible for much of the formation of the area in Northern Kentucky. James Taylor Jr. was responsible for the formation of Newport, KY and Campbell County, and Richard Southgate who became a State Senator and Representative. The city next to Newport, Southgate, was named after him. The 1st image is not a postcard.

The new Central Bridge.jpg (185363 bytes)                        Central Bridge-a Front & Lawrence.jpg (79795 bytes)
         Drawing by Farny                               Corner 2nd-Front-and
                                                                        Lawrence Sts. Bridge behind

Central Bridge-b.jpg (118559 bytes)    Central Bridge-c.jpg (100787 bytes)    Central Bridge From Cinti..jpg (555215 bytes)    Central Bridge-f.jpg (101071 bytes)    Central Bridge-e.jpg (84346 bytes)

L & N Bridge-7.jpg (113970 bytes)

Despite what the card says, this is actually the Central Bridge.

Not a postcard
Cincinnati from Broadway Bridge.jpg (235215 bytes)
View from Central Bridge



  The second bridge to be erected at Cincinnati and the fourth bridge to span the Ohio River was the L.&N. Bridge which was completed in 1872. It was originally called the Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, it was renamed the L&N when the Louisville and Nashville Railroad bought the bridge in 1904.  A single track rail line was flanked on both sides by a roadway. It was also a toll bridge, (you can see the booths in the 7th card). The bridge was torn down in 1895-1897 because it was not wide enough to handle transports and the wider wagons being used. The new bridge was built on the old piers and abutments. A streetcar line was added, (nicely seen in the 5th card). In 1987, rail use stopped and it was used for automobiles only. It was closed in 2001 and  made into a bridge strictly for pedestrians and bicycles. It is now called the Purple People Bridge.

L & N Bridge-1.jpg (109217 bytes)    L & N Bridge-2.jpg (92471 bytes)    L & N Bridge-6.jpg (95078 bytes)    L & N Bridge-4.jpg (114535 bytes)    L & N Bridge-5.jpg (100910 bytes)


L & N Bridge-3.jpg (89984 bytes)    L & N Bridge-9.jpg (92513 bytes)    L & N Bridge-8.jpg (102765 bytes)    Central Bridge-d.jpg (126600 bytes)




Louis Vuitton Outlet sport blue 6s kate spade outlet retro jordans for sale retro jordans coach factory outlet louis vuitton outlet kate spade outlet jordan 3 sport blue kate spade outlet Michael Kors Outlet jordan 6 sport blue wolf grey 3s sport blue 14s cheap air jordans Louis Vuitton Outlet sport blue 3s cheap jordans jordan 3 sport blue louis vuitton outlet