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Lighting Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2016

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BH Photo #368461

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Lighting Creek on G-2.5, 2.5 mi. north and 3.0 mi. west of West Mineral
Location
Cherokee County, Kansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built ca. 1920
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.31833, -94.97667   (decimal degrees)
37°19'06" N, 94°58'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/324850/4132019 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Mineral
Inventory numbers
KS 000111077006685 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17563 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2007)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
10

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 27, 2015: New Street View added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

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

Yes, agree with those comments. Visited with my wife today, this thing is not going to make it another 100+ years...or even a few more decades

Lighting Creek Bridge
Posted August 27, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also, I can guarantee that this bridge was not built in 1920. To me it looks like a 19th Century Wrought Iron Bridge Co. product.

Lighting Creek Bridge
Posted August 27, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If anybody wants to watch a two span, pin-connected, pony truss bridge collapse in slow motion please let me know so we can schedule a watch party...

Amazingly, this bridge still stands...barely...