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1926 Boone Tunnel and Kentucky’s 1871 Brooklyn Bridge!

The Boone Tunnel was carved in 1926  to allow cars to bypass a treacherous curve and directly approach the “Brooklyn Bridge” crossing the Kentucky River between Wilmore and Harrodsburg. That first bridge had been built  in 1871 and replaced Cogars Ferry which had been established to service stagecoaches crossing the river along the Lexington, Harrodsburg and Perryville Turnpike . That Iron structure bridge, with wooden planking, collapsed in 1953. The concrete bridge shown here was built in 1956 to replace it.

The river was a barrier back  then…it still is!

Filmed by Reggie Van Stockum on July 12, 2023.

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Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. is a lawyer, teacher, biologist, writer, guitarist, and recently an actor living on his family's old farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University, and a Masters and PhD. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He also has his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He practices law from offices in Shelbyville, Kentucky concentrating his legal practice in environmental law. His biologic research is in historical phytogeography. Dr. Van Stockum, Jr. has published numerous books, articles, and short stories in the areas of law, science, and creative writing. most of his 24 titles are available on this site and Amazon with many on Kindle and Audible!

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