Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2018
BH Photo #417651
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:
With a Jack Arch deck to boot!
Hancock County Illinois seems to have some examples as well:
I found one in Iowa a few months ago: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/bh79331/
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."
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.
haha....yeah Clark, pretty dang funky
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Old NBI shows it a mile to the north with a pony visible in the aerial pix.