1 vote

Lighting Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2016


BH Photo #368461


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Lighting Creek on NW 80th St, 2.5 mi. north and 3.0 mi. west of West Mineral
Cherokee County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1920
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.31864, -94.97695   (decimal degrees)
37°19'07" N, 94°58'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/324826/4132053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Mineral
Land survey
T. 31 S., R. 22 E., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000111077006685 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17563 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Sufficiency rating: 16.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built during 1920s (10,113)
Cherokee County, Kansas (55)
Closed (2,722)
Have street view (27,839)
Kansas (3,245)
Lally columns (320)
One-lane traffic (7,663)
Owned by county (21,283)
Pin-connected (4,135)
Pony truss (16,665)
Pratt pony truss (3,806)
Pratt truss (9,799)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,548)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,269)
Truss (34,159)
Wooden deck (6,107)

Update Log 

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


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


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...