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Old Military Bridge

Photos 

Looking South

Main span and Southeastern approach span

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in December 2009

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BH Photo #150710

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bowstring through truss bridge over Marmaton River on 240th Street
Location
Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built ca. 1878. Closed to vehicular traffic in 1965. Wooden deck destroyed by fire in 1974.
Builder
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
Three span Bowstring truss
From North to South
1 Six panel Bowstring pony truss.
1 Ten panel Bowstring through truss.
1 Six panel Bowstring pony truss.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1982
Also called
Military Bridge
Old Military Bridge
Marmaton Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.85928, -94.67077   (decimal degrees)
37°51'33" N, 94°40'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/353025/4191517 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Scott
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82002652 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36897 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • April 5, 2016: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added early pictures and second approach span design
  • March 13, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Added alternate name.
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories.
  • December 22, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added more information to Design Description.
  • December 20, 2009: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • December 10, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design Description
  • November 15, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview and History
  • July 22, 2008: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

Comments 

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Kansas lost a Bedstead that way...

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/neosho/671047006409/

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Tell me about it!

Indiana lost it's only WIBCo. tubular bowstring to a tree several years ago!!

http://bridgehunter.com/in/miami/5200039/

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Awesome! Hopefully before a tree falls on it! I have seen a tree crush a bridge one too many times...

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 6, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is included in Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority planning for trails in the future. Long Shoals is part of the whole plan out to Bid in December. The King Rr bridge a as also evaluated by us 6 years ago.

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! (there I said it). Nick got some stunning photos of this beauty! Great fieldwork! I wish I could have been there.

Believe it or not, I have never seen this bridge in person.

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Re-visit, posted new pics with friends only to get better perspective of the grand size of this beauty. GI-GANTIC,and great elevation.

Old Military Bridge
Posted October 8, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visit to the old military bridge this afternoon. Quite the Survivor. Really beautiful, pretty solid comma very little of the iron Wiggles at all, bolts are still tight, as are rods and cross bars - amazing. Asked permission from neighbors around just in case, do not think it is on private property although some woods had to be traversed to get to it. Hope I look that good when I'm a hundred and thirty-eight

Marmaton Bridge
Posted March 13, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Old Military Bridge" is indeed the common local name. This is one of many instances where the commonly used name is a bit of a misnomer. Regardless, I like to have the most common local name listed under "name" or "alternate name". Even if it may not be completely historically accurate, it needs to appear somewhere on the page. Of course, we can always use the "Description" section or the essay tool to elaborate on any inconsistencies between historical facts and popular names.

A similar situation occurred with the "UP Crossing" Bridge in Cloud County, Kansas which never actually carried the UP Railroad.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted March 12, 2015, by Anonymous

It was a public bridge built on an old military road. The road was built by the military to connect frontier forts.

Marmaton Bridge aka the "old military bridge"
Posted March 12, 2015, by KansasKate (kansaskate [at] gmail [dot] com)

though this bridge was built long after the US Army left Fort Scott, locally everyone calls it the "old military bridge" -- just wanted to add that to your info.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 26, 2009, by J Lance (bugo73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a neat old bridge. Hopefully this old beast will be restored.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The trusses and the abutments look to be pretty sound on this bridge. The trees growing up through the bridge could jeopardize it's stability and should be removed. Hopefully this majestic span will be rehabilitated sometime in the near future.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 22, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

After looking at photo # 7, it appears that perhaps one of the floorbeams was cut out and used as a barricade.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 22, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good to see some pictures on here. I have not been able to visit this bridge yet. Any triple span bowstring bridge should be considered of national significance.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 10, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Marmaton Bridge
Posted December 10, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Several new photos of this bridge have been added to the KSHS Website. It appears that the original railings (perhaps wood) were replaced by lattice hubguards, probably wrought iron and of historical value themselves.

The bridge is in very poor condition, but all three original bowstring spans are extant.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted July 22, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)
Marmaton Bridge
Posted July 22, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I should mention that I have not actually seen this bridge. It is listed on the NRHP however.

Marmaton Bridge
Posted July 22, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

This bridge may or may not still be standing. The roads in both directions dead-end well before they approach the river.