Hatfield Crossing

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The junction box identifies this crossing as Hatfield.  The town of Hatfield, though, is a little over 5 miles to the northwest.  I was looking slightly north northwest when I took this picture.  I’m just across Tug Fork from Williamson KY yard.  The truss bridge, canted to bear the weight shift on a curve, was made by Virginia Bridge and Iron, in Roanoke, in 1913.  The road is Kentucky 292.  If you look just above the bridge, you can see part of a long coal conveyor belt.

Smalling Bridge

This through truss, 200′ long or so, spans the Watauga River at 36.34587, -82.28300.  Luckily, whoever tried to pry the maker plate from the bridge failed – thank you.  Some antique dealers, knowing these plates have been vandalized from existing bridges, buy them anyway and sell them outside the area.  I saw one plate for sale on “American Pickers”.  Anyway, as you can see, this is a 1941 vintage structure, made with Tennessee steel.  It is located on Smalling Road, hence the name.
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Here’s the maker plate:

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Two Kentucky bridges

These two open camelback truss bridges, made by “American Bridge Co. of New York U.S.A. 1910” (the plates are the same on both…they’ve survived for 104 years!) are located on a dead L&N line that came out of Cawood KY and joined a line that came from Three-Point KY and moved on to Harlen and, probably, Baxter.  The date is right to the line. I don’t know when this line went dead, but both these bridges have been converted to pedestrian use (people walked through the wet cement, scrawled their names and initials, but a date?  Not going to happen.) This was part of the Cumberland Valley extension of the L&N that, through interchanges and leasing, heads Lynch and beyond (“To infinity and beyond!“).

This one’s just outside Cawood at 36.78422, -83.23707, looking generally west.
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This is the date plate on the above bridge
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This bridge is west of the one above.  It’s at 36.81457, -83.28791.  It’s between Chevrolet and Grays Knob KY (looking NE)
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