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Walnut River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Robert Elder

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BH Photo #110296

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Walnut River, 0.7 mi. west and 2.0 mi. south of Douglass
Location
Butler County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic with 6'4" height restriction.
History
Built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Eight panel, pin connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 147.9 ft.
Total length: 220.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.48903, -97.01997   (decimal degrees)
37°29'21" N, 97°01'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/675049/4150965 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Udall
Inventory numbers
KS 000080855306461 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17511 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
75

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 24, 2014: New photos from Robert Brock
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link.
  • February 7, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status Description.
  • June 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories
  • July 7, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated categories and design description
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "History"
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rob Brock - k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com

Comments 

Walnut River Bridge
Posted July 11, 2010, by Robert (gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There was once another bridge just like this one to the North side of Douglass. Google Earth still shows what appears to be an upright stone pillar. This is located at N37 31.961 W097 01.111. My Curiosity has gotten the best of me now and as soon as the river goes back down I thing we will try to float it to see if its still there.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 20, 2008, by Eric J. Burris (jeburris [at] birch [dot] net)

I visited this bridge today thinking that it was closed, but it was open to traffic. The quickest way to visit it is to take Hwy 77 south of Douglass to 230th street. Go west about three quarters of a mile, and then when the road tees, go south. The road will wind around, and then there is the bridge. The route I just listed is TREACHEROUS! Just faster to get there than the way I went. Take a truck! the roads on either side of the bridge aren't closed, per se: just low maintenance.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

So, does anybody know any plans for the future of this bridge? This structure is very similar to the Pott's Ford Bridge in Cloud County, KS (1884) and the Spencer's Crossing Bridge in Anderson County, KS (1885), both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. As this bridge appears to be constructed of wrought iron instead of steel (more popular after about the mid 1890s), it should certainly be a candidate for the NRHP as well.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2007, by Elaine Neer Little (Elalittle [at] aol [dot] com)

I rode over the bridge from 1944 to the closing. The bridge talked to us as we drove slowly over the flexible boards. The road to the bridge curved like an S on the south entrance with an elevation entering the bridge...in winter, you hoped it would not be slick due to ice and snow. The Walnut River was usually slow most of the time, a haven for wild life, people fishing and just enjoying the view. The Walnut River at flood stage was a challenge to the bridge. I always hoped the floating trees hitting the bridge supports would not take the bridge out. The sights and sounds of the bridge are still within me and I was saddened when the township and county closed the road. I understood and softly said, "thank you" for my rides across. They were near perfect for a country girl.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted May 31, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

The bridge as viewed from the south. The large overhead structure in the foreground was installed to prevent large vehicles from crossing the bridge. Unfortunately, there was no way to avoid getting in the picture.

The bridge consists of one 8 panel pin connected Pratt through truss, and one 4 panel pin connected Pratt pony truss. Photo taken in February of 2005.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted May 13, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

This bridge, south of Douglass, Kansas was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The main span is an eight panel, pin connected Pratt through truss. Note the decorative portal decorations, railings, and the two plaques.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.