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Wet Walnut Creek Bridge



Lost pony truss bridge over Wet Walnut Creek, 7.0 mi. west of Ellinwood
Barton County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1941
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 68.9 ft.
Total length: 111.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.35773, -98.70975   (decimal degrees)
38°21'28" N, 98°42'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/525358/4245547 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ellinwood SW
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
KS 000050671505263 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17393 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2013)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.4 (out of 100)
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Barton County, Kansas (11)
Built 1941 (467)
Built during 1940s (4,095)
Kansas (3,193)
Lost (24,771)
Owned by county (20,789)
Pony truss (16,189)
Replaced by new bridge (16,603)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,077)
Structurally deficient (14,183)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,176)
Truss (32,817)
Wooden deck (6,069)

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been replaced.


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


Wet Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The two spans might be original. Check out the similarity between this bridge and this one in Ellis County:


It would not surprise me if the same firm built both of them. I also do not believe the ca. 1920 date for the Ellis Co. bridge.

Wet Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The ca.1900 time frame sounds good to me Robert.

I am curious if these spans were originally together somewhere else, or if they came from 2 different locations and were paired together here.

Wet Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Good catch! Yes, this is the bridge, although it is most certainly older than 1941. I would suspect that this bridge was fabricated sometime between 1890 and 1910. It may possibly be constructed of wrought-iron. The bridge is set on newer pylons, so 1941 may be a rehab, or a relocation date.

If you look closely, you will notice that it is actually a double span with a very tiny pony truss at the far end. I have never seen this bridge, and in fact I was completely unaware of its existance.

The Kansas State Historical Society has B&W photograph that shows both trusses and the newer pylons: http://khri.kansasgis.org/displayImage.cfm?file=009-0000-000...

When this bridge was surveyed, probably in the early 1980s, it was not considered to be eligible for the NRHP. The NBI now considers it to be possibly eligible. Truss bridges are somewhat rare from this point west to the Rocky Mountains, which increases the significance of this particular structure.

Julie: Did you see this?

Wet Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted January 5, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One word...Ridiculous!

Wet Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted January 5, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think this listing refers to the beautiful pony truss bridge shown in this news article. Does any of our Kansas experts agree? http://www.gbtribune.com/section/1/article/26866/

In fair condition, and an ADT of ten (10), yes that's right, TEN, it is obvious there is such enormous need to demolish and replace this bridge with a slab of concrete. I would expect to see at least a four lane structure here.