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West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge

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This bridge is a ten panel, riveted Parker through truss.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in March 2003

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Overview
Through truss bridge over West Fork Dry Wood Creek, 1.0 mi. west and 2.5 mi. south of Garland
Location
Bourbon County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1925
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 152.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.69439, -94.64888   (decimal degrees)
37°41'40" N, 94°38'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/354629/4173187 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cato
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000060170 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17410 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2012)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 35.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
136

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted August 21, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was looking at the portal bracing on this one compared to the one in Ford County. This is a larger Pratt but similar and no builder here either.....

Could this have been another case of ordering parts and putting together by local contractor?

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Julie and I have been discussing her Fort Scott trip on this page. The other bridge is this one: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/bourbon/mill-creek/

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Parker McElhinney

Don't know what happened, but the pics Julie posted are not of this bridge. Perhaps we got a bonus of an unknown bridge?

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

These comments should be on the other page. Sorry about the conversation webmaster. Perhaps you could move them over please. Thanks, Julie,

ps. getting ready to meet another bridgehunter Clark Vance and talk to his school and students about helping with the Piano Bridge documentary.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The sign looks to be the same shape as the one in Texas.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Don't worry about dropping the ball. Almost nobody knows about this bridge, let alone knows how to find it.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Julie:

Thanks for passing the word on. I did write a brief essay about the bridge on its page:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/bourbon/mill-creek/

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I guess we dropped the ball when we didn't address this bridge last year. Here are some more photos, I will send your comments on down about the national significance....

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West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glad to see they are seriously considering using that Pratt truss. That bridge could be nationally significant if it is indeed the last remaining through truss built by Farnsworth and Blodgett.

NOTE: I do not know if F&B built the bridge, but it sure looks like one of their bridges. Missouri has a few pony spans built by that firm, and Kansas has some bedsteads and Parker through trusses built by A.M. Blodgett.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 15, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was just grateful to be on a paved road. The RV does pretty well at getting to these places. Always glad to hear the history Robert. I love the native stone piers on the Spook Bridge, and I shall post the stories I was told about

I put in some time telling the Riverfront people that they could certainly qualify for the BRIDGE PARK of KANSAS. They are seriously looking at the Pratt truss that is just down the road from the closed Arch Bridge. It was cool to walk across. They should fix it up and leave it plankless, in my opinion, the walkway was cool. My phone wasn't on me for that one so it is harder to post the photos but will later.

One wish list, an easy way to make a bridge hunting map from the coordinates so I could plan the day with less miles.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 15, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The road linking this bridge and Buck Run Marsh arch was re-paved a few years ago. Before this new layer of asphalt was laid down, there were potholes in the road that exposed the underlying brick. Aside from new pavement, this road appears to have seen little alteration since the 1920s.

There are also several old box culverts along this road which passes several abandoned coal mines.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 14, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

cool bridge, preceeded by another Marsh Arch.

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West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 14, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It sure looks like the same bridge. There are numerous ghost stories about this bridge, so the name Spook Bridge would make sense.

West Fork Dry Wood Creek Bridge
Posted March 14, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this the same bridge? locals call it Spook Bridge

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