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Cox Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2017


BH Photo #404080



Pony truss bridge over Cox Creek, 5.0 mi. north and 3.6 mi. east of Arma
Crawford County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1920
Pony truss
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:
Land survey
T. 28 S., R. 25 E., Sec. 11
820 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KS 000191113606280 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17654 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 2000)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.90 (out of 100)


Built during 1920s (8,874)
Crawford County, Kansas (24)
Kansas (2,729)
Open (36,893)
Owned by county (18,921)
Pony truss (15,084)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,014)
Structurally deficient (18,551)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,526)
Truss (29,550)

Update Log 

  • 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.


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


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.