Blow up a bridge! Milton, Kentucky – 2013

Source: miltonmadisonbridge.com

Milton is probably a town name unfamiliar even to native and long-time Kentuckians. Sitting opposite the Ohio River from better known Madison, Indiana, the town was actually incorporated some 20 years before Madison in 1889.

The occasion of PE’s visit was the first phase of demolition of the Milton-Madison Bridge which has connected the two river towns since 1929 carrying US 421.

While we were there we took in a few of the sights around this old burg on Kentucky’s northern shore.

Around 9:00 AM on July 23rd, a 700 foot section of the old bridge was brought down using controlled explosives.  See the video here:


Age and a mere 20 foot wide deck rendered the bridge both “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete.”

Milton, Kentucky - 2013
The bridge. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
View upriver. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Spectators get the best view from the water. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
View into Madison, IN. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Post detonation. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Post detonation. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Post detonation. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Post detonation. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Post detonation. Source: Particularly Everything
As for Milton-town, the oldest part of the community lies on the bottom near the river.  Over the years devastating floods have washed away much of the cherished historic environment.


Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Ginn’s Furniture Store with flood records painted on side. Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Ginn’s Furniture Store. Cold car + muggy air = No editing.  Source: Particularly Everything
Milton, Kentucky - 2013
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Milton, Kentucky - 2013
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Milton, Kentucky - 2013
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Milton: If it’s “country”, it’s gooooood.

Milton, Kentucky - 2013
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Milton, Kentucky - 2013
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Milton, Kentucky - 2013
Not too many of these left! Source: Particularly Everything
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