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Cedar Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #377991



This bridge may be private now.


Abandoned truss bridge over Cedar Creek on 70 Road
Chase County, Kansas
4 panel Bedstead Pratt pony truss with laced endposts
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.17274, -96.80884   (decimal degrees)
38°10'22" N, 96°48'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/691937/4227250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 74116 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,083)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss (328)
Bedstead truss (499)
Chase County, Kansas (33)
Kansas (2,756)
Laced endposts (144)
Pony truss (15,174)
Pratt pony truss (3,224)
Pratt truss (8,136)
Truss (29,787)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Laced endposts"
  • February 4, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 17, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Admittedly, I was not expecting a bedstead to surface in Chase County. From what I have observed, Chase County did not seem to build a lot of bedstead trusses. On the other hand, perhaps they did build several only to lose them in floods. Regardless, this is the only known bedstead truss in the entire county. Thus, it has very high local significance. In addition, bedstead trusses are not exactly a dime a dozen on the national scale either.

The laced endposts on this bridge are an interesting feature. Without further inspection, I would estimate that this bridge could have been built anywhere between about 1885 and 1915. It could easily be pre 1900 given be very lightweight construction and the laced endposts.

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Walked down very overgrown 70 road west till I came to the creek. Very long bedstead I believe, rather interesting. Gorgeous little spot, all but forgotten.

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted October 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge may be private now. It appears to be a rather long pony truss of roughly 60-90 feet in length. It could also be a very short through truss.