High Bridge Collection,1876-1877

Descriptive Summary

Title
High Bridge Collection,1876-1877
Creator
Mullen, James A.
Extent
.5 cu. ft. (1 box): 8 items
Subjects
Bridges--KY--History--Pictorial Works
Historic Bridges
Bridges, Cantilever
Bridges--Design and Construction
Kentucky River (KY)--Bridges
Architecture
Bridges
Jessamine County, Kentucky
Kentucky River
Rivers.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Jessamine County, Kentucky
Kentucky River
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Kentucky River
Railroads
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Kentucky River
Railroads
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Kentucky River
Railroads
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Kentucky River
Railroads
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Cincinnati Southern Railway
Kentucky River
Railroads
Rivers
Southern Railway System.
Architecture
Bridges
Clay's Ferry Bridge
Rivers.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy, and Lindy Melvin; machine-readable finding aid created by:Tom Enneking and Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James A. Mullen photographed the construction of High Bridge between 1876-1877 probably for his lithographic volume of views along the Cincinnati Southern Railway. Mr. Mullen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 14, 1834 and at seventeen he studied daguerreotyping under E.C. Hawkins and later on he learned new photographing techniques under Thomas Faris. In 1864 after serving as a photographer in the Engineer Corps, Mullen settle in Lexington, KY where he opened a Magonolia Gallery. In 1880s-1890s Mr. Mullen's work became recognized nationally and won several awards. He died at age 90 at his daughter's, Mrs. Frank Baker, home in Los Angeles.
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 collection consists of a series of seven views of High Bridge (also known as the Kentucky River Bridge or the Cincinnati Southern Railway Bridge) photographed by James Mullen during various stages of its construction in 1876-1877. The photographs are captioned and provide information on the construction company and bridge specifications. The photograhic process of the prints is albumen .
Also included in the collection is a photograph of the Clay's Ferry Bridge taken by Charles Waldack.

Contents of the Collection

Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Railway; shows completed span,, undated

  • Box 1, item 1
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No 2, shows half of Span No. 1, just before…

  • Box 1, item 2
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No 3, shows half of Span No. 1 just before…

  • Box 1, item 3
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No 4, shows Span No. 1 (375 ft in length…

  • Box 1, item 4
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No. 6, shows part of Span No. 3 (south side…

  • Box 1, item 5
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No. 7, shows first half of bridge complete…

  • Box 1, item 6
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Kentucky River Bridge, Cincinnati Southern Railway; View No. 9, shows portion of Span 3, both piers…

  • Box 1, item 7
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Clay's Ferry Bridge,, undated

  • Box 1, item 8
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