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?
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/
Don't know what happened, but the pics Julie posted are not of this bridge. Perhaps we got a bonus of an unknown bridge?
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.
The sign looks to be the same shape as the one in Texas.
Don't worry about dropping the ball. Almost nobody knows about this bridge, let alone knows how to find it.
Thanks for passing the word on. I did write a brief essay about the bridge on its page:
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....
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.
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.
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.
It sure looks like the same bridge. There are numerous ghost stories about this bridge, so the name Spook Bridge would make sense.