Young’s High Bridge was
constructed in 1889 by the Louisville Southern Railroad.
It was named in honor of Col. Bennett Henderson Young, a
Nicholasville, KY native and Civil War veteran who became
president of the Louisville Southern. The first train crossed
the bridge on August 30, 1889 and it continued to carry railroad
traffic until November, 1985. The 1,659 foot long bridge
stands 283 feet above the low water mark of the Kentucky
River near the Tyrone community. Because of its location,
it is sometimes known as the Tyrone Bridge.
The bridge is of a cantilever design; it has not been modified
or altered since its construction and it has been described
as one of the best remaining examples of cantilever bridge
construction in the US. The bridge is currently owned by the
This linear park can rovide many community amenities:
a safe, off road site for hiking, biking, skating and
- preserve a unique engineering and historic bridge as part
of the rail trail.
- improve quality of
life: recreation, health and family activities for
- boost economic development.