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Jacob Creek Bridge


Dropped pin location - bridge gone

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016


BH Photo #373652



Pony truss bridge over Jacob Creek on a local road, 2.0 mi. east and 3.5 mi. south of Saffordville
Chase County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1915, replaced 1998
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.35141, -96.35515   (decimal degrees)
38°21'05" N, 96°21'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/731117/4248117 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Phenis Creek
Land survey
T. 19 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 36
1180 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KS 000090925005268 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40905 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1915 (1,169)
Built during 1910s (9,240)
Chase County, Kansas (106)
Kansas (3,044)
Lost (22,231)
Lost 1998 (402)
Lost during 1990s (3,846)
Pony truss (15,690)
Replaced by new bridge (14,829)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,944)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,972)
Truss (31,211)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2016: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler



Jacob Creek Bridge
Posted December 24, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I moved the pin to a bridge built in 1998 just ENE of where the NBI showed this bridge before it disappeared from their listing. I suspect this was the location of the truss bridge.

The bridge to the SSW shows a 1935 build date. The county road map in 1936 doesn't show any roads other than the ones currently in use.

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

Well, that is too bad. On occasion, these little bridges do get moved, so there is a remote chance that a farmer somewhere could be using it. That happened to a pony truss over the Whitewater River in Butler County several years ago. There is even a through truss sitting in a field in Marion County that Sheldon located. He also found a tiny wrought iron pony in a cul de sac in McPherson County.

Jacob Creek Bridge
Posted December 23, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Found dropped pin location, no bridge, searched half mile up and down the creek in both directions, no signs of old bridges...extant structure