Pontooniers!

Pontooniers! (HMQRO)

Location: Munfordville, KY 42765 Hart County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 16.034', W 85° 53.262'

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1861 - 1865

As useful as Munfordville's small ferry was, it couldn't meet the needs of whole armies. As soon as General Alexander McDowell McCook's army arrived at Green River in the fall of 1861, soldiers immediately began building flat-bottomed boats to support a pontoon bridge for wagons, cannons and horses.

Unlike a rigid bridge with supports sunk in the ground, a pontoon bridge would simply rise with the water should the river flood. One built, a pontoon bridge could be disassembled and moved to a new crossing with relative ease. As many as two separate pontoon bridges at a time spanned the river here during the Civil War, one at this site, and one downstream, below the railroad bridge.
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Placed ByCity of Munfordville in cooperation with Battle fo the Bridge Historic Preserve
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 1:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 598622 N 4125097
Decimal Degrees37.26723333, -85.88770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.034', W 85° 53.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 2.04" N, 85° 53' 15.72" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103-111 River Rd, Munfordville KY 42765, US
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