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Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1



Photo taken June 2007 by Nicole Beck

BH Photo #103059



Lost pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek in Brown Memorial Park
Dickinson County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1920
Pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt pony truss.
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.87901, -97.19263   (decimal degrees)
38°52'44" N, 97°11'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/656774/4304902 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000210835504545 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17667 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1920s (9,475)
Dickinson County, Kansas (46)
Kansas (3,046)
Lost (22,238)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Pin-connected (3,693)
Pony truss (15,692)
Pratt pony truss (3,473)
Pratt truss (8,732)
Replaced by new bridge (14,832)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,945)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,371)
Truss (31,215)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Replaced.
  • August 20, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Status, and Status Description
  • August 4, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 9, 2007: Posted photos from Nicole Beck


  • Nicole Beck - prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1
Posted September 27, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Nicole:

Thanks for the update. I will update this page accordingly. It would be nice if the bridge was in storage.

Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1
Posted September 27, 2018, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unfortunately, this bridge has been replaced by a UCE in recent years.

Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1
Posted August 20, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Technically speaking, that's a good question Robert. I have personally never heard the term "Queenpost" associated with a metal bridge. Of course in wooden bridges there are several remaining examples of Queenpost trusses. I'm curious if that half-sized diagonal member on the end panels of this bridge is a truss member, or more of a strut. A closer look leads me to believe the diagonal is helping to balance the stresses from the compression in the endposts to the tension in the lower chord. It's possible that both terms could apply. We might have to coin a new term....."Pratt-Queenpost"

It would be interesting to find the records of this bridge (assuming they still exist), and see what the builder referred to it as.

Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1
Posted August 20, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update, Nicole.

Also, a question for my fellow bridgehunters. Generally, a three panel truss of this configuration minus the hip diagonals would be considered a Queenpost Truss. Does the addition of hip verticals classify this bridge as a Pratt pony, or would Queenpost pony be appropriate?

Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1
Posted August 19, 2009, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed to all traffic. One of the concrete piers is critically damaged--I'll try to post photos eventually.

Branch Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2007, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photos taken 06/23/07. Steel has Carnegie mark--hard to read in picture. Main span has concrete deck, but approaches have wooden planks. This bridge is in regular use as access to the Boy Scout camp at Brown Memorial Park.