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Spencer's Crossing Bridge


Looking southeast. Construction on the new bridge had not yet begun. The main span is an eight panel, pin connected, Pratt through truss.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2004


BH Photo #111872


Through truss bridge over Pottawatomie Creek, 0.6 mi. west and 0.1 mi. north of Greeley
Anderson County, Kansas
Built 1885 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. Closed to traffic in 2001 and bypassed in 2005
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 127.9 ft.
Total length: 229.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.37779, -95.13652   (decimal degrees)
38°22'40" N, 95°08'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/313375/4249893 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Garnett NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89002177 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000021057105228 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17348 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 12, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 20, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History
  • March 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • January 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History, Future Prospects and Approach Design. Removed "2005" from year lost, because the bridge is still extant.
  • November 30, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited GPS Coordinates.
  • November 15, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories
  • March 2, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • March 1, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • February 26, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "overview", "status" and "status description" to reflect current status of bridge.
  • February 18, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Spencer's Crossing Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I have only made one drive over this bridge. It was late at night, so I did not get a good look at the bridge - other than knowing that it was a Pratt truss.

I returned shortly thereafter and found that the bridge had been closed. It has always been in rough condition since I can remember - ie bullet holes in the plaques. The main difference is that one plaque is missing now.

Nathan did a good write-up of this bridge on his website. He noted that the bridge has had some modifications over the years.


Spencer's Crossing Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

First photos in some time, doesn't look like much has changed except a few nails defying gravity off the decking, some horizontals thrown about the north side, and some rust/gunshot through the one existing plaque on south side, quite a beauty, hard to believe cars and trucks still trying to balance on running boards a short 17 years ago when still open.