1 vote

Stream Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #378886



Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.9 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Lancaster
Atchison County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1920
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.61756, -95.27414   (decimal degrees)
39°37'03" N, 95°16'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/304792/4387782 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 15
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000031039503525 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17381 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32.5 (out of 100)
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Atchison County, Kansas (67)
Built during 1920s (9,954)
Kansas (3,194)
Open (39,970)
Owned by county (20,837)
Pony truss (16,232)
Pratt pony truss (3,654)
Pratt truss (9,341)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,705)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,317)
Truss (32,924)
Wooden deck (6,073)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Stream Bridge
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A former urban setting makes sense. As soon as I stated looking at Nick's images, I began to suspect that this one is not in its original location.

I noticed those eyebar heads as well. I think that maybe a couple of other bridges that Nick visited might have had them as well. I need to go back and look through his entries.

Stream Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is an Odd Duck for sure!

The "Sideways" verticals, which are sometimes seen on thru truss spans, are pretty rare for ponies. Also the floorbeam placement at mid-truss is uncommon for such a short span. The substructure definitely has a budget "Aftermarket" look about it.

Stream Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They riveted the floorbeams into the the verticals directly, and did so above the lower chord (versus using hangers or riveted pin plates below the lower chord to attach floorbeams) which is why the deck is positioned correctly. Seems like the floorbeams might extend outside the verticals a little? Without further details, I can't tell but maybe this bridge used to be in an urban location with cantilevered sidewalks. Some of the lower chord eyebar heads look altered. A screwy looking bridge to be sure. Fairly heavy duty upper chord too.

Stream Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a rather bizarre little bridge. For starters, the deck is mounted about halfway up the truss. In other words, the driving surface is about halfway between the top chord and the bottom chord. This means that the transverse floor beams are unusually tall for such a little bridge.

The built-up verticals are "sideways" which is not exceptionally uncommon, just a bit unusual. The lattice bars on the verticals are found only above the deck. Below the deck, the unusually tall floor beams fill the space where the lattice bars would continue. As a result, this bridge does not have u bolt hangers on the bottom chord. Instead, it looks to me that the sideways verticals more or less serve as the hangers.

Finally, this Bridge was either moved here or was retrofitted with non original bents. Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, the end posts seem to overshoot these bents a bit. I would not be surprised if the construction date of circa 1920 refers to a modification date. To me, this bridge looks like it might have been built circa 1900. A date range of circa 1890 to 1910 seems reasonable to me.

Stream Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Neat spot.....another bridge couple dozen yards to N also over same creek