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Milford Lake Kingpost Truss


Abandoned kingpost pony truss bridge over Milford Lake Tributary on Abandoned Road
Wakefield, Clay County, Kansas
Foundation Partially Submerged
Kingpost pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.22530, -97.02218   (decimal degrees)
39°13'31" N, 97°01'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/670725/4343642 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 81704 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 13, 2018: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Othmar H. Ammann Nominee"
  • May 28, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Milford Lake Kingpost Truss
Posted June 5, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Article about this bridge: Mystery Bridge Nr. 96 is also a bridge in need of help as it had been submerged before the lake receded. Can somebody help relocate and reused this rare kingpost truss bridge? Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/mys... Thanks! :-)

Milford Lake Kingpost Truss
Posted May 28, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Upon further review...

This bridge DOES appear to have Cruciform Outriggers. This is a very significant bridge. It deserves to be preserved, probably away from the shoreline.

Milford Lake Kingpost Truss
Posted May 28, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A photograph of this bridge was just posted to the Facebook Group "Old and Interesting Places in Kansas.

This is a very old Kingpost truss bridge. It has latticed verticals and rests on built up latticed bents. It has an unusual looking floorbeam as well.

The bridge has outriggers, one of which is bent. I cannot tell from the photograph if these outriggers are cruciform or not.

This is truly an awesome Kingpost, but it is in serious danger. It is partially inundated by the waters of Milford Lake.