In 1880 both kentucky and Indiana passed acts authorizing a bridge between louisville and new albany,
The K&I bridge company ran a steam passinger service across the bridge known as
These three railroads changed the name to Kentucky & Indiana Bridge and Railroad Co. in 1900. and in 1910 to the Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad Co. they had brough in a dynamic chief engineer general managger mamed WM Mitchell in 1901 and he started pushingfor a new bridge. the first bridge was already obsolete in 1910. after only 25 years it would not allow heaver engines and longer trains to use it. their was a weight restrictionas to the number of cars and engines that could cross safely. trians had to be taken acrossin pieces. the single track was taking 75 freight trains per day. besides the 96 streetcars crossings a day. the three railroads agreed to build another bridge ans Mr Mitchell proceededto build a double track bridge thab would last. it was built beside the first one and was hailed as the second heaviest bridge in the world. having the first bridges east side wagonway as a working plateform, the bridge was built in twi years (1910-1912), costover $2,000,000.
there wasn`t a bridge over the ohio river in louisville until 1870, when the louisville bridge
Upon the completion in 1885, the B&O ,Monon, and Southern railroads agreed to tie intothe bridge. this meant the B&O and Monon leaving the pennsylvania railroad bridge. the B&Ostipulated the K&I bridge company was to replace the kentucky side wooden trestles with iron,anf when this was done it plunged the bridge company into receivership in 1893. the resultingsuit by Youngstown bridge co.,who did the trestle work, went through numerouse courts andfinally a U.S. Circuit Court of appeals ruled the bridge approaches and land had to be soldto satisfy the liens. this is when the three railroads B & O, Monon, and Southern bid on the bridge in 1900 for $700,000.00. the bridge has cost over $1,000,000,00 TO BUILD . WITH w.s.Culbertson and W.T. Grant being the two big investors.