Rare, Early 1910's Folk-Art Souvenir from High Bridge, Kentucky. First Cantilever Bridge in the U.S.

Rare, Early 1910's Folk-Art Souvenir from High Bridge, Kentucky. First Cantilever Bridge in the U.S.

Code: rsrr00003hbs


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ARTIFACT: Rare, early 1910's folk-art souvenir from High Bridge railroad bridge which crosses the Kentucky River Palisades in Jessamine County. Initial construction on the High Bridge began in the 1850's for the Lexington/Danville Railroad as a suspension bridge, but was not completed. High Bridge was redesigned from a suspension type to a cantilever and officially opened as part of the Cincinnati Southern Railway in 1877, becoming the first bridge of its kind in the US. High Bridge was again rebuilt in 1912 and was, at the time, both the tallest railroad bridge in the world and the highest bridge above a navigable waterway in North America and has been designated as a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The souvenir is in the shape of a keg and reads: "HIGH BRIDGE KY. THE 817 TL 1137 COMPT 1912" and features an iron suspension ring. The misquoted height is common on these souvenirs, as I have seen others with incorrect information.

VINTAGE: Circa early 1910's

SIZE: Approximately 2-3/4" tall x 2-3/8" in diameter

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Lacquered wood, iron suspension ring

ATTACHMENT: Iron suspension ring


ITEM NOTES: This is from a railroad collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX16 LGEX3/16

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): The souvenir shows minor to moderate wear, a small flake missing that does not detract, nearly all of the lacquered details remain intact.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.