c and o
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

Clay Wade Bailey
Image from the Faces and Places Collection of the Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington



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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.


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Building the caisson on the Kentucky Side C & O Bridge Construction (late 1880's)


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The original C&O Railroad
Bridge, c. 1890's
An early drawing of the
C & O Railroad Bridge


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Looking toward Covington note foreground 1929
“Chespeake” & Ohio Bridge The Chesapeake and
Ohio Railroad Bridge
The Chesapeake and
Ohio Railroad Bridge


Ohio River Scene

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.


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1937 Flood
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The C&O Bridges in the 1937 Flood.
Looking upstream.
Under the C&O Bridge,
looking toward Covington


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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).


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Cities Highway Bridge
both from the US Army, Chief of Engineers, 1934


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C & O Bridge Traffic, circa 1945 C & O in the 1950's


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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.


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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.


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The End of the C&O Bridge, October 19, 1970
Photos by Jack Klumpe



Same pic as above right, except in color.
Thanks! to Mike Martin for this one.

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  Chessie crosses into Kentucky Looking toward Ohio


In the 1971 re-build


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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.

The Cincinnati Transit site has a page on the history of the
C&O Bridge, here, and on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, here.