a.k.a. The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
|A timeline, to keep various C&O Bridges straight.|
|1886-1889||The Original C&O Railroad Bridge built|
|1929||A new railroad bridge is built next to the old one; this new bridge is the current bridge for the railroad.|
|1929||The original RR bridge is sold to Kentucky; converted for use by auto traffic.|
|October 19, 1970||Original RR bridge (auto traffic since 1929) is blown up. See pics below.|
|October 21, 1974||New traffic bridge is opened; named for Clay Wade Bailey, a long time Kentucky Post reporter.|
Clay Wade Bailey
Image from the Faces and Places Collection of the Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington
|Louis Charles Vogt gave us several paintings of industrial scenes. We have seen the two images on the left both described as the C&O Bridge, but have also seen them labeled as New York's Queensborough Bridge. We have more confidence that the image on the right is, indeed, by Vogt of the C&O Bridge.|
|Building the caisson on the Kentucky Side||C & O Bridge Construction (late 1880's)|
|C & O Bridge Construction (late 1880's)|
|The original C&O Railroad
Bridge, c. 1890's
|An early drawing of the
C & O Railroad Bridge
|Looking toward Covington||note foreground||1929|
|“Chespeake” & Ohio Bridge||The Chesapeake and
Ohio Railroad Bridge
|The Chesapeake and
Ohio Railroad Bridge
A fascinating image. Note there's ice on the river, a crowd on the shore, and a trolley passing over the old C&O bridge. The steamer you see here, the Cincinnati, was destroyed by the ice of 1917-18, and our speculation, and its just that, speculation, is that you're seeing a crowd watching the last throes of a mighty side wheeler.
C & O Bridge, 1937
|The C&O Bridges in the 1937 Flood.
Under the C&O Bridge,
looking toward Covington
Construction and grand opening of 1929 Bridge
To the right are the first locomotives, and crews to go over the first 1889 C&O Bridge, and the rebuilt
C&O RR Bridge on April 3, 1929. You can click on the captions under the pictures.
The above four images are all from the 1929 L&N Employees Magazine. The accompanying story is here.
A more detailed story on the rebuilding is from a 1928 Railway Age (pdf).
C & O Railway Bridge
Cities Highway Bridge
|C & O Bridge Traffic, circa 1945||C & O in the 1950's|
September 12, 1981. The C&O and the L&N pass
on the C& O Bridge Approach.
This pic is a copyrighted photo by Don Faris. Clicking on the thumbnail
will take you to a larger version at railpics.net, where the original resides.
|Pay attention children, this is called a passenger train. People rode in them.||The L & N had trackage rights over the C & O Bridge. This image is from 1965.|
The End of the C&O Bridge, October 19, 1970
Photos by Jack Klumpe
|Chessie crosses into Kentucky||Looking toward Ohio|
|In the 1971 re-build|
This is the U. P. Schenck, built in 1876, and later re-named the Longfellow. There aren't pictures
of her as the Longfellow. In a thick fog on the morning of March 8, 1895, she hit the C&O
Railroad Bridge, and sank in three minutes. The story is here. The New York Times version of the
story is here (pdf), and has a partial list passengers who drowned.
The river men blamed the bridge piers.