May 7, 2012 - ExploreKentuckyLake.com recently obtained historical photos of the raising of Eggners Ferry Bridge in the early 1940s. The photos below are from the National Archives and have never been seen online before.
These photos were taken March 25, 1936 when the bridge was just four years old prior to the creation of Kentucky Lake. Notice the horse and buggy crossing the bridge and the gravel road approaches.
1943-44 Bridge Raising Photos
With the creation of Kentucky Lake, the Eggners Ferry Bridge, which was only 12 years old, needed to be raised 22 to 25 feet to accommodate the permanent flooding of the Tennessee River. Below are photos of workers raising the bridge.
US 68 / KY 80 Approaches
Since the bridge was being raised 22-25 feet, the roadway leading to the bridge had to be reconstructed as well.
A look at the raised Eggners Ferry Bridge which is shown without Kentucky Lake's waters.