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Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge

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Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Three-span through truss bridge over Republican River on 190th Road (RS 566), northeast of Concordia
Location
Cloud County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1893 by the Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware as a railroad bridge.
Builders
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware
- George Pegram
Design
From East to West:
1 Riveted Lattice through truss
1 Seven panel, pin-connected Pegram through truss
1 Riveted Lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 460.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
UP - Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59606, -97.57119   (decimal degrees)
39°35'46" N, 97°34'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/622680/4383900 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rice
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000150375 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17601 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2013)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
50

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • November 27, 2010: New photos from Joe Underwood
  • November 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Junction City & Fort Kearney Railroad to Categories as it appears that they were the original users of this bridge.
  • June 23, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Rail-to-Road to Categories.
  • December 22, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Approach Design
  • November 24, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited categories
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted November 17, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That link provides a great discussion of the Pegram Truss. It mentions a 148' span over the Solomon Branch near Minneapolis, KS. There is a Pegram in Minneapolis, but it crosses Pipe Creek immediately above its junction with the Solomon River. http://www.bridgehunter.com/ks/ottawa/minneapolis-rr/

An abandoned railroad line crossed the Solomon River a short distance west of Minneapolis, but Google Maps indicates that any bridge at that location has been removed http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&ie=UTF8&ll=39.118832,-97.723...

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The most detailed information I have found on Pegram truss bridges is on this National Register Nomination: http://www.historicbridges.org/utah/pegram/utahnomination.pd...

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Very interesting bridge and design. I was just reading an undated wikipedia article on trusses. The article says (without reference) that there are only 10 Pegram trusses still standing and that most of them are in the state of Idaho. Go figure.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted May 24, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just realized that I have never uploaded pictures of the plaques that are mounted on this bridge. These photos are packed away somewhere.

I believe that there are two plaques on the main span. One identifies the builder as the Edge Moor Bridge Works and the other identifies the truss type as a Pegram truss.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 17, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

Yeah, that would be great if you could upload pics of those trusses in Indiana and Ohio. It will be interesting to compare them.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 15, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was just reading where Indiana Bridge Company referred to their "Pegram" as a "high triangular truss. I'm not sure if there were any major differences in the two, but they look very similar. I'm hoping to visit the Peterson Ford bridge sometime this week, and will post some pictures if I do.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 14, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Robert

Thanks for the info on the Pegram trusses. There are two bridges built by the Indiana Bridge Company that have a similar truss. One is in Preble County, OH (Seven Mile Creek Bridge)and was built in 1906. The Indiana bridge is the Peterson Ford Bridge over the Mississinewa River in Deleware County north of Muncie, and was built in 1902. While Ohio does call their bridge a Pegram, I have always just heard of our Indiana bridge referred to as a Polygonal-chord Warren Thru Truss. We also have a Triple Lattice (Fredricksburg Bridge) in Washington County,IN that is being moved to a park in Hamilton County, IN to be restored. These bridges were built for roadway use, where both of these truss types were more common on the railways.

Tony

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 14, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I agree with Anthony that this is an impressive bridge. This bridge, the UP Crossing, the Salt Creek Bowstring Bridge, the County Line Bowstring Bridge, and the Rice Stone Arch Bridge are all located within about 5-6 miles of each other (as seen on the maps) and can conveniently be visited on one trip, road conditions permitting.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 14, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

This is one of at least two Pegram trusses that I am aware of in Kansas. The other is located in Minneapolis in Ottawa county, and is pictured on this site.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted April 12, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW! This is a neat bridge! A Pegram sandwiched by a pair of triple-intersection lattices. Makes me want to go to Kansas.

Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge
Posted October 18, 2006, by Todd E. Frye (thefryeguy (at) yahooo (dot) com)

An unmentioned fact on this bridge is that it was originally a Union Pacific railroad bridge until the railroad was abandoned and removed in the 1930s. It's a very interesting bridge on a blacktop road and is also relatively close to KS Hwy 9.