Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Photographic Collection

Abstract

The Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Collection (dated 1910-1912, 1948-1950s; 1 cubic foot; 72 items) depicts the rebuilding of the High Bridge railroad bridge around 1910 to 1911.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Photographic Collection
Date
1910-1912, 1948-1950s
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet
Subjects
Bridges--Design and construction.
Bridges--Kentucky--History--Pictorial Works.
Bridges--Kentucky--Kentucky River.
Cantilever bridges
Historic bridges.
Railroads--Southern States--Pictorial works.
Railroads--United States
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into two series: High Bridge and Miscellaneous.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Staff, Lindy Melvin; machine-readable finding aid created by: Jason Flahardy
Preferred Citation
80PA121: [identification of item], Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Photographic Collection, 1910-1912, 1948-1950s, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Louis Edward Nollau was born in Quincy, Illinois, in 1883. The son of Louis George and Lydia Mueller Nollau, little is known of his early life. He graduated from Manual Training High School, Louisville, in 1902 and in 1904 received a B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the then State College of Kentucky, now the University of Kentucky. In 1908 he earned a M.E. in Engineering from the University. From 1904 to 1908, he served as an instructor and later assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department, teaching Wood Shop and Engineering Drawing. In 1908, he was appointed a full professor of Engineering Drawing. Married in 1911 to Hazel Fenton, he served as Head of the Department from 1916 to 1939. Active as a speaker at many meetings of the Lexington Camera Club, he lectured on the history of photography. Retired in 1953, he was placed on Special Assignment and continued teaching until his death.
Located over the Kentucky River, High Bridge was once the highest bridge in North America and the highest railroad bridge in the world. A bridge was begun in the 1850s for the Lexington and Danville Railroad. It was to be a suspension bridge, designed by John A. Roebling, but was never completed. (The towers for the suspension cables were built and remained until 1929.) A bridge of cantilever design was finally opened in 1877 on the Cincinnati Southern Railway, 275 feet tall and 1,125 feet long, and dedicated by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. A new bridge was built around the existing structure in 1911 and expanded to two tracks in 1929.
Scope and Content
The Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Collection (dated 1910-1912, 1948-1950s; 1 cubic foot; 72 items) depicts the rebuilding of the High Bridge railroad bridge around 1910 to 1911. The bulk of the collection consists of images of the High Bridge Railroad Bridge. The other photographs are of various people and scenes around Lexington, Kentucky. The collection is comprised of silver prints that have been mounted on backing board.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
All rights to the photographs, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries. Photographs may be reproduced with permission from Audio-Visual Archives, Special Collections and Digital Programs, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Contents of the Collection

High Bridge, 1910-1912

The Evolution of Power on the Queen and Crescent Railroad -four trains on railroad tracks, undated

  • Box 1, Item 1
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Cincinnati, New Orleans, & Texas Pacific #810 -train carrying pile of bricks and rocks on railroad tracks, undated

  • Box 1, Item 2
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High Bridge, 1911 July 19

  • Box 1, Item 3
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 4
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High Bridge over a river, undated

  • Box 1, Item 5
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High Bridge in front of a mountain, undated

  • Box 1, Item 6
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Crane on High Bridge doing construction, 1911 August 1

  • Box 1, Item 7
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Trains and crane on High Bridge doing construction, 1911 August 1

  • Box 1, Item 8
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High Bridge over a river, undated

  • Box 1, Item 9
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High Bridge, 1911 November 22

  • Box 1, Item 10
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Looking down on High Bridge over a river, undated

  • Box 1, Item 11
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High Bridge with stacks of strips of wood below, undated

  • Box 1, Item 12
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High Bridge going through a tunnel at the end, undated

  • Box 1, Item 13
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High Bridge over a pile of rocks, undated

  • Box 1, Item 14
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 15
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Railroad tracks of High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 16
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Railroad tracks running under the railroad tracks of High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 17
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Railroad tracks of High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 18
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 19
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High Bridge with wooden fence surrounding the grass below, undated

  • Box 1, Item 20
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 21
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 22
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 23
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Railroad tracks below High Bridge, 1911 November 16

  • Box 1, Item 24
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High Bridge-five people walking ahead, 1911 November 16

  • Box 1, Item 25
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Barrels on the edge of High Bridge-train on railroad tracks below, undated

  • Box 1, Item 26
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Two tunnels under High Bridge-railroad tracks is under one of them, 1911 November 16

  • Box 1, Item 27
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High Bridge-dirt road running under it and a woman walking on the road, undated

  • Box 1, Item 28
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 29
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High Bridge, 1912 March 26

  • Box 1, Item 30
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People working the train and crane for construction on the High Bridge, 1911 August 3

  • Box 1, Item 31
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People using cranes and trains to construct High Bridge, 1911 August 3

  • Box 1, Item 31a
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Men working to construct High Bridge, undated

  • Box 1, Item 32
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High Bridge under construction-carriage below, undated

  • Box 1, Item 33
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High Bridge-houses below, undated

  • Box 1, Item 34
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 2, Item 35
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 2, Item 36
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High Bridge, undated

  • Box 2, Item 37
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Cranes doing construction on High Bridge, 1910 April 20

  • Box 2, Item 38
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Construction under way on post of High Bridge, 1910 August 3

  • Box 2, Item 39
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Crane on High Bridge doing construction, 1910 May 18

  • Box 2, Item 40
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Two trains on High Bridge, 1910 May 25

  • Box 2, Item 41
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Construction on post of High Bridge, undated

  • Box 2, Item 42
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Construction on post of High Bridge, 1910 August 8

  • Box 2, Item 43
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Construction on High Bridge, 1910 September 12

  • Box 2, Item 44
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Train on High Bridge, 1910 September 26

  • Box 2, Item 45
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Construction on both ends of High Bridge, 1910 October 3

  • Box 2, Item 46
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High Bridge under construction, 1910 October 10

  • Box 2, Item 47
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Construction work being done on High Bridge, 1910 October 31

  • Box 2, Item 48
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High Bridge under construction, 1910 October 31

  • Box 2, Item 49
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Construction on High Bridge-man beside CAUTION sign, 1910 October 10

  • Box 2, Item 50
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Railroad tracks of High Bridge-Kentucky River sign, 1910 September 12

  • Box 2, Item 51
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Men doing construction on one end of High Bridge, 1910 November 29

  • Box 2, Item 52
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Railroad tracks of High Bridge, 1910 December 12

  • Box 2, Item 53
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Railroad tracks of High Bridge-men walking ahead, 1910 October 10

  • Box 2, Item 54
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Train on High Bridge, 1910 November 7

  • Box 2, Item 55
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High Bridge, 1911 March 23

  • Box 2, Item 56
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Train on High Bridge, undated

  • Box 2, Item 57
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Train on High Bridge, 1911 September 11

  • Box 2, Item 58
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Tracks of High Bridge, 1911 June 7

  • Box 2, Item 59
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Men sitting and standing on High Bridge-train on top tracks, 1911 September 11

  • Box 2, Item 60
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Lexington, Ky., 1948, undated

Little girls standing in front of a picket fence surrounding two buildings-two men standing at the gate, undated

  • Box 2, Item 61
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Portrait of Eugene Erwin Simpson 1899-1902; Gift of T.R. Bryans, 1948 July 29

  • Box 2, Item 62
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Styles Howard; Remus Payrie-Lexington, KY; F.Y. Johnson; M.A. Doyle-Paris, KY; H.S. Fry-Lexington; W.E. Freeman.-Lexington, KY; C.H. Gullion-New Castle, KY; Eugene Gilliland-Churault, KY; E.T. Dawling-Lexington, KY; Louis E. Nollau-Louisville, KY; J.T. Faig-Lexington, KY; Junior Mechanical Engineers, Inspection Trip, Interior of Niles Tool Works, Hamilton Ohio, undated

  • Box 2, Item 63
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Probably for Dr. Pryor by Nollau- hand x-ray, undated

  • Box 2, Item 64
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Picture of buildings surrounded by trees and road with fork in it-duplicate below, undated

  • Box 2, Item 65
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Main & Lime-1859 Lexington, KY many horses and carriages on the street, undated

  • Box 2, Item 66
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Spanish War drill in Lexington, KY-men on horses, undated

  • Box 2, Item 67
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Home of Miss Iva Dagley in the 1950s [on Linden Walk-one of fraternities used it at one time?], 1950s

  • Box 2, Item 68
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Duplicate of 68, undated

  • Box 2, Item 69
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Broadway Christian Church, undated

  • Box 2, Item 70
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Lexington Street Car Center-opposite the Court House U.A. Collection, undated

  • Box 2, Item 71
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Building of the Hotel Lafayette in Lexington, KY, undated

  • Box 2, Item 72
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