Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge


On June 13, 1964, construction was began on the bridge which was to span the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky connecting Cannelton and Hawesville. The bridge was dedicated November 19 1966, and opened to traffic at 9:30 a.m. on December 21, 1966. In 1974 on November 17, the bridge was renamed the Bob Cummings - Lincoln Trail Bridge.

Bob Cummings was a lifelong resident of Cannelton who worked tirelessly to get the bridge located and built where it is. Many avenues were exploited before the bridge became a reality. Mr. Cummings always came back with "We're going another route, a bridge is needed". (Bob was a newspaper man and a tireless community worker.)

Prior to the bridge, the only way to transit the Ohio was by the Hawesville and Cannelton Ferry owned by Earl Bettinger. The Ferry is no longer in operation.

Robert "Bob" Cummings

Bob Cummings, a very civic-minded citizen, helped in many ways for the progress of his beloved Cannelton. Among his many endeavors were influencing businesses to locate here, finding housing for new-comers, promoting schools, churches, all organizations and the general appearance of this city. Bob was referred to a "Mr. Kiwanian" as he loved and served this club well until his untimely death on July 25, 1971. He held a variety of memberships in local and area organizations. He was a regular attendant and dedicated member of the Rome Masonic Lodge No. 133.

His wife, "Mrs. Gladys", who was cooperative with his activities, was a 40 year first grade teacher having taught 37 years in the first grade in Cannelton. She also attended grade school and high school in the local schools. Her former students continue to respect, "Mrs. Gladys" as she was commonly called.

She and Bob were graduates of C.H.S., where their allegiance never failed. She continues to be active in her church, the First United Methodist, being a Sunday School teacher, pianist, choir leader, and treasurer of the Memorial Fund and the United Methodist Women. She is also an ardent worker in the B & PW Club and treasurer of the Adult Booster Club.

Bob and "Mrs. Gladys" lived according to their creed of life "helping others".