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Elm Creek Bridge


This is a double span, five panel, pin connected Pratt through truss. This bridge is very similar in design and appearance to the lost Mingona Bridge, also in Barber County, Kansas.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2004


BH Photo #110689


Through truss bridge over Elm Creek, 5.0 mi. west and 4.3 mi. south of Isabel
Barber County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 209.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.40587, -98.64136   (decimal degrees)
37°24'21" N, 98°38'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/531739/4139958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000040677306565 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17385 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added GPS Coordinates.
  • June 21, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories.
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • January 30, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Elm Creek Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, there is a lake in Medicine Lodge. If they have trails, then perhaps we have an opportunity. If counties want to abandon their trusses, we can fix them and put them on trails in the area.

I have found that many locals in Kansas like their bridges. But, understandably, many individuals who live near a bridge do not have the means to save it. That is where we Bridgehunters need to be able to come up with solutions.

Elm Creek Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If so, considering the high NBI structural condition ratings combined with low ADT levels, this bridge is probably a victim of the county simply not wanting to pay for inspections, which is the trending method to get rid of historic bridges in Kansas these days. That said, because the truss spans ARE in good condition, these spans would be strong reuse candidates for reuse in new location.

Elm Creek Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The latest satellite imagery indicates that this bridge may be closed to traffic. I believe that this may be the last remaining truss bridge in Barber County.