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Shuhart Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012


BH Photo #239005


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Shuhart Creek on Heinecke Rd
Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1920
Lattice pony truss
Length of largest span: 39.7 ft.
Total length: 57.4 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Also called
Drainage Ditch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33274, -91.44257   (decimal degrees)
40°19'58" N, 91°26'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/632297/4465852 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47622 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • April 5, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Saw bridge, still open, but did not investigate, March 25th, 2016.
  • September 11, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Change name, creek name, added photos
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated design
  • January 11, 2011: Added by J.P.

Related Bridges 


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com


Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 12, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was thinking about Vanderburgh #81 which Dr. Cooper has listed in his database as a Lattice Bedstead, when I made my previous statement. While there isn't photo evidence to prove it was indeed a bedstead he is generally pretty thorough in his assessments. This bridge was somewhat similar to the others, but did feature a arched lower chord.


But then I remembered the one in Iroquois County.Illinois that features a conventional Bedstead with one of these Lattice structures attached to it. Looking at this one closer I see that it is indeed NOT a bedstead.


Back to the Hoosier State, we also have this surviving non-bedstead Warren pony that is simply a lightweight structure with vertical endposts.


Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


That was my thoughts as well - none of these being bedsteads. I have not had a chance to visit one of these bridges to inspect it. The closest type that I have been able to inspect is this one, which I want to document thoroughly next time I am on I-70 in Western Kansas:


^ Definitely not a bedstead.

Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All examples of this style of bridge (lightweight double Warren composed of light angles only plus a horizontal angle running thru middle of truss) have NOT been bedsteads. In the absence of supporting photos, I see no reason why this one should be a bedstead. There are more of these bridges in Missouri plus a single example in Michigan.

Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm more inclined (Or lack thereof) to believe this is a Lattice bedstead and not a vertical endpost pony. There aren't many of these around so it would be nice if they would preserve it!

...And yes, the pun was intended!

Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not being able to edit my comments, I thought I should provide a bit of a clarification for those who might be new to this website and perhaps unfamiliar with bedsteads. A true bedstead features vertical endposts that extend down through the deck and form the substructure of the bridge. If the vertical endposts stop at the bottom chord, then the bridge is not a true bedstead.

Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The one upstream does not appear to be a beadstead to me. These are some interesting bridges.

Shuhart Creek Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reviving an old thread...

Looking at the photos, I can't tell if this is a true beadstead or a pony with vertical endposts. It is significant either way, so hopefully Illinois will select it for preservation.

Drainage Ditch Bridge
Posted January 11, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As best I can tell from my fuzzy zoomed-in view...... it appears to be similar to the smaller (left side) span of this bridge........


Drainage Ditch Bridge
Posted January 11, 2011, by J.P.

looking at street view this bridge looks to be a bed stead plus a possible double intersecting warren. Thoughts.