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Deer Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #378894



Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. west and 2.4 mi. north of Atchison
Atchison County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition.
Built 1925
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.60397, -95.14371   (decimal degrees)
39°36'14" N, 95°08'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/315952/4385998 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Atchison West
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 20 E., Sec. 23
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000031053503544 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17362 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Atchison County, Kansas (64)
Built 1925 (1,190)
Built during 1920s (9,257)
Doomed (1,053)
Kansas (2,903)
One-lane traffic (7,527)
Open (37,869)
Owned by county (19,428)
Pony truss (15,396)
Pratt pony truss (3,298)
Pratt truss (8,339)
Riveted (1,992)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,337)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,225)
Truss (30,488)
Wooden deck (5,960)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • February 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2019, by Don Morrison

You can see the top of the red 20# lp cylinder at the end post and the nice white jacket with blue cuffs (or whatever it is) under the bridge.

There'd be beer cans too, if it was in Iowa. lol

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2019, by Don Morrison

... and the permit page 2 appears to include Nick's BH photos. 8^O

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Army Corps Permit for removal filed. Attached.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 863,194 bytes)

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Open road although street signs have been removed, feels pretty remote although close to highway - neat pony