Lost Roads & Railroads

Snippets of info showing old abandoned roads and railroads.




Submerged Energy Lake Bridge

When I was a kid, I thought it would be neat to be an archaeologist.  I suppose that is why I find some of the remains of "past civilizations" fascinating in the Land Between The Lakes.  But the society that is evident in LBL today was from 50 years ago, not 5,000... a period which most archaeologists might enjoy.  In fact, many people remember what it used to be like in LBL before TVA took over.  But for folks like me, we don't have the memories... but we see the evidence and hear the stories.

Sometimes I waste time browsing satellite maps of the lakes and surrounding area.  I'll educate myself with seemingly useless information, but sometimes I'll find something that I have to go see for myself.  One day I spotted a bridge that appeared in the waters of Energy Lake.

The old Kentucky 289 bridge, typically underwater, on Lake Barkley.

During summer pool the bridge is covered by water.  Two signs posted on the bridge warn boaters of the potential hazard.  Believe me, if the signs weren't there and your boat ran over the concrete structure, you would be in trouble.  We went out to the mouth of Energy Lake (Crooked Creek Bay) at the end of LBL Road 154 (by the way, there are a ton of backcountry camping opportunities around this area).  At the end of the road, there it was... about 100 feet from the shoreline.

The bridge is about 160 feet long, one-lane and is made entirely of concrete.  I suppose it is a fish attractor because there were several anglers out there fishing around the bridge.  The structure used to be a part of Kentucky 289, a state-road that paralleled Lake Barkley prior to the creation of the lake in the early 1960s

The old Kentucky 289 bridge, typically underwater, on Lake Barkley.

Location of the Old Bridge

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Danville L&N Railroad Bridge

Upon the creation of our Explorations section of Explore Kentucky Lake back in 2002 (which has evolved to this standalone site, Four Rivers Explorer), I had no idea at the time that this partially-removed railroad bridge and the "big building in the middle of Kentucky Lake" were related.  So at that time, I did two different articles, only later realizing that these two structures are related.

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The Cadiz Railroad

In 1901, William White had a problem.  He wanted to bring a railroad to Cadiz, Kentucky from nearby Gracey to help transport tobacco and other freight across the area.  Gracey had nice rail lines served by the Illinois Central and the Louisville and Nashville.  Connecting Cadiz to Gracey would benefit the citizens of this Trigg County seat immensely.

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New Photos of Old Danville Tennessee Railroad Bridge

A special thanks to the Lloyd family of Asheville, North Carolina for donating some potentially never-before-seen historical photos of the old L&N Railroad Bridge at Danville, Tennessee.  The photos were from a family member who was the engineer for the L&N Railroad bridge during the construction in 1931-1932.

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