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Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Sevart


BH Photo #132094



Bowstring Pony Truss Bridge over Little Walnut Creek
Crawford County, Kansas
Abandoned with portion of deck missing
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Bowstring pony truss
Total length: 45.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.64535, -95.04598   (decimal degrees)
37°38'43" N, 95°02'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/319496/4168435 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89002174 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36902 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 30, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • January 22, 2015: New photos from Kyle Nelson
  • June 3, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Dimensions
  • April 29, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
  • January 16, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added build date from NRHP and presumed location based on KDOT county maps from 1936 to current.
  • June 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories - bridge is constructed of wrought iron.
  • October 18, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder
  • October 17, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: updated status on bridge
  • July 22, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted October 16, 2019, by Tom Sevart (n2uhc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow, they really have cleared the trees & brush away from this bridge. It's been many years since I've been up there, I think it's due for another visit.

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted September 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like I will need to do some research on this. I really hope that this bridge is scheduled for repair and not demolition. It is listed on the national register of historic places which does give it some limited protection.

This bridge has been in serious danger of collapse for a while. Although the stone abutments can give way, another real threat to historic bridges is falling trees. Thus, I am glad to see the trees being cleared away from this bridge.

Crawford County has very few historic bridges remaining, especially when compared to Bourbon County to the north. Thus, this bridge is highly significant at the county level. As a bowstring, it has National significance. This bridge would be significant even in a county that was packed with historic bridges.

I have never visited this bridge. It is in a rather remote location. I am glad that Nick ventured out here and documented it for us.

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted September 30, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Gigantic pile of brush cleared out all around this little bridge which is easily accessible now, bypassed many many years ago just to the left of it by a low water crossing. Possible preservation project going on here ? would love to know if someone knows about this....picture of plaque on outside of bridge now in photos, pat. year date broken off!!

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If you look closely, it appears that there is a plaque on the OUTSIDE of the top chord on this one. That seems a bit odd.

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted June 3, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Attached is the NR Nomination Form.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 540,570 bytes)

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted October 18, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The fact that this bridge is still standing is great news. Thanks for the pictures, Tom.

Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge
Posted July 22, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I have never seen this bridge and only know about it from the NRHP listing. I have not seen pictures of it, nor do I know if it still exists.