Power Yet Held The Land

This is the Kenova Bridge. It was built in 1916 and spans Pine Creek near the town of Kenova, a small town founded by the Milwaukee Railroad in 1907. We didn’t see it until we were well above it, but it is indeed open to traffic.

This is known as a Luten arch bridge, designed by Daniel B. Luten – quite a famous fellow in the bridge making world. His designs allowed the bridge to be both stronger and lighter, which is probably why it’s still in use today (though it sees little more than a couple of dozen cars a day).

In 1986 an assessment was done on the bridge and it concluded that “the concrete guard rails are deteriorated and a portion of the gravel roadway has eroded away from its northeast corner.” I don’t know if it’s been repaired or is even well maintained at this point.

But it’s a beautiful bridge, and I regret not getting a closer look.


‘Power Yet Held The Land’

Camera: Agfa Clack
Film: Kodak Vericolor III (x-06/99)

Kenova, Whitman County, Washington


3 thoughts on “Power Yet Held The Land

  1. I know of a few Luten arch bridges here in Indiana. One’s on a very old alignment of the National Road that never became part of US 40. It’s restored in place next to a new bridge that carries traffic.

    1. I’ve seen a few old National Road bridges, and they’re often next to the new bridges. It’s great they’re still around, but I was really shocked to see this one. It wasn’t a main route or anything like that. It was just a bridge to a small railroad town.

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