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Cox Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2018

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BH Photo #417651

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Cox Creek, 5.0 mi. north and 3.6 mi. east of Arma
Location
Crawford County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1920
Design
Lattice pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.61525, -94.63722   (decimal degrees)
37°36'55" N, 94°38'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/355503/4164387 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Arma
Land survey
T. 28 S., R. 25 E., Sec. 11
Elevation
820 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KS 000191113606280 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17654 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 2, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to where I think the bridge might have been - status unknown.

Sources 

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

Comments 

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good find on that bridge in Muscatine Iowa. It is very similar to this one save for the lack of outriggers and the horizontal member.

Then there is this 5 span example in Ellis County, Kansas:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/ellis/bh36264/

With a Jack Arch deck to boot!

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hancock County Illinois seems to have some examples as well:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/hancock/34431208105/

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Luke

I found one in Iowa a few months ago: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/bh79331/

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert is correct. These are not homemade bridges. They were as I understand lightweight bridges marketed to local governments (not sure what company or companies) as low-cost alternatives to traditional truss forms. Some of them even had built-in plates with holes for use by a crane or whatever type of equipment was used to hoist the bridge. They are mostly located in Missouri and Kansas, but we have a single example in Michigan. I believe the horizontal member is a "railing" in the most basic sense. It may stiffen the members slightly too. This was basically a "budget bridge."

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bedstead trusses in general are becoming uncommon these days. Double intersectional Warren bedstead trusses are downright rare. This is a highly significant bridge due to its unusual design.

It also has that strange horizontal member running through the middle of the Truss. A small number of pony trusses in Kansas have this member.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

haha....yeah Clark, pretty dang funky

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looks homemade.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

3rd visit solved this - approached again from west side found previously photographed and posted tributary little cement bridge, noticed road heading east Virtually disappears so went around to east side to try to approach going west, went down road a ways until it was closed close to unique bedstead-type pony with outriggers, CLOSED to all traffic, collapsing on southwest side, love the design, have only seen possibly 1 or 2 more this type ever.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like there might be a tributary of Cox Creek just to the east of the pony truss.

I am glad that other people think there is a pony truss on this road. It is good to know that it is not just my imagination.

Thus far, I cannot find the bridge in the KHRI. Crawford County had a nice collection of traditionally composed pin-connected Pratt pony trusses Plus a Bowstring pony.

The Bowstring, along with one or two of the Pratt ponies, still remain. I am not sure what we have at this location however. I would guess probably a Pratt pony but I don't know that for sure.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at the satellite view, it's obvious that Cox Creek is indeed much wider than what this tiny concrete ugly could handle. I agree with Don that this is likely over a small branch or tributary.

Pony truss apparently either well concealed or MIA!

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 5, 2017, by Don Morrison

I'd have to travel 400 miles to this one,so camera in the sky is my only viable option.

All the Cox Creek bridges listed in the NBI are significantly larger than the culvert in the photo. That means that either the photo must be over a tributary of Cox Creek or other small stream, or the county likes to build 100 foot plus bridges over Cox creek, except for this one. lol

Sorry, I just don't think we've got the right bridge picture here.

You've heard of "picture or it didn't happen"?

The picture shows that it did happen, but got EXIF data?

;-)

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 3, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Feet on the ground usually beats camera in the air. From the looks of the concrete fence post it's not a new replacement. So we're back to figuring out what the NBI is talking about.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 3, 2017, by Don Morrison

Agree with Robert here.

What I'm seeing looks like a pony in google earth 2013 view, which is much clearer than the 10/2017 view.

using earth's ruler, it looks to be around 58 feet long and Cox Creek looks to be about 20 feet wide at it's narrowest point.

The picture looks like a culvert over a much smaller maybe seasonal stream.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Weird... it sure looks like a pony truss in satellite imagery.

I am well familiar with Elvis Bridges...

Do you suppose that we have an Elvis impersonator here...? Ie, a concrete culvert that looks like a pony truss from the air.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted October 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Clark, I'm not seeing the pony you spoke of visible in a satellite image, this is the 2nd time I visited this weekend and I posted a photo of what is at the current pinned location - Private property, received permission, concrete creek bridge, not a pony.....thoughts?

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even better! Welcome back, Elvis!

Also, I would recommend ignoring the construction date of Circa 1920. This seems to be the other default date in Kansas second only to Circa 1910. There is an old pin-connected pony in the same county that is also marked as being Circa 1920 even though it is clearly older.

Cox Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Old NBI shows it a mile to the north with a pony visible in the aerial pix.