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Lost Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110241



Portions of this bridge's deck are collapsed.


Through truss bridge over Lost Creek on 155th Street
Bourbon County, Kansas
Built 1888
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 91.8 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.02662, -94.82354   (decimal degrees)
38°01'36" N, 94°49'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/339949/4210337 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000061093005707 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17404 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories
  • December 20, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: changed GPS coordinates
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Lost Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like there should be...I am amazed that this one is still standing.

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was there a car or a meteor still laying in the creek below!? ;-)

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Gotta cock your head about 60 degrees to read that "Bridge Out" sign!

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited today with my wife - surprisingly this 1888 beauty has not somehow healed itself ...haha, a neat one

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted November 17, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My suspicion is an overloaded truck. The bridge has been in this condition for several years - at least since I discovered it about 2006.

I have noticed an interesting fact about this particular bridge. Although the floor beam is twisted and the wood deck has partially collapsed, the rest of the structure seems to maintain good integrity. I need to have a closer look, but I suspect that the pin-connections absorbed most of the shock that was not absorbed by the floor beam.

I am curious if we would have seen the same result had the bridge been riveted with gusset plates instead of being pin-connected.

Additionally, if the construction date of 1888 is correct, then this bridge may be constructed of wrought iron instead of steel. Because wrought iron is more malleable than steel, I am wondering if that allowed the floor beam to absorb more of the shock instead of transferring it to the rest of the superstructure.

This bridge might make a good case study. So, far I have not heard of any replacement plans. Bourbon County has demolished a couple historic bridges in the last couple of decades. That being said, they have a good track record overall as several HBs are being maintained throughout the county.

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Matthew Lohry (matthewlohry [at] yahoo [dot] com)

And how about that steel floor beam, twisted like a piece of wire? Looks like the work of an overloaded truck manned by a brainless driver (had a rash of those lately).

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Judging by the decent shape of the remaining wooden stringers, I would guess that something pretty heavy fell through it!

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What happened here Robert? Overload through the floor? Or just age?