5 votes

Lyon Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #378155



Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Lyon Creek on 1600 Avenue
Dickinson County, Kansas
Built Ca. 1900, according to the Kansas State Historical Society
Five panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.82676, -96.93759   (decimal degrees)
38°49'36" N, 96°56'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/679030/4299573 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52817 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


A-frame portal (408)
Abandoned (3,192)
Dickinson County, Kansas (45)
Kansas (2,860)
Lyon Creek (Kansas) (11)
Pin-connected (3,554)
Pratt through truss (4,717)
Pratt truss (8,206)
Through truss (13,232)
Truss (29,971)

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 6, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Deleted the description.
  • July 5, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "A-frame portal", "Pin-connected"


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


Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can definitely see the beginnings of some foundation problems here. The stone abutments show some evidence of undermining, settling, and vegetation. Granted, I have seen pylons and abutments that are in worse condition than these, but the sooner these problems are corrected, the better.

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As always, it is good to see some recent photographs of this bridge. The KHSH date of ca. 1900 seems reasonable to me. Anytime between 1890 and 1910 would be a possibility.

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

proceeded, had few thoughts that we might be bothering someone's property but the right of way seemed just fine and several no hunting signs on the way there made it seem clearer. Rarely if ever proceed like this without double checking with locals, in fact this is nearly always the case, carefully and respectfully walked to this bridge, meant no harm, did not think we had done anything illegal, very gray area with public access that sometimes locals just block off to keep outsiders from hurting themselves on the right of way, not making excuses, think we were just fine, beautiful bridge that needs a little TLC and saving

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Should most likely save the majority of this comment as a forum post as I am touching on many subjects that have been discussed both in this thread and in the forum. But...we approached this one last week, and did see a hand-painted sign referring to "Dummies who drive down this old road to creek and get stuck in mud, don't be a dummy". Did in fact see proof of the old abandoned road, but followed the wishes of the sign maker, parked and walked as we....

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted July 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the information Mr. Vance.

Chelsea is domestic, from Detroit actually. She is a black 1998 Cadillac Seville. Don't let her age fool you, she only has about 53K miles and is in near mint condition.

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted July 6, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

More counties are adding GIS parcel maps to their websites. Dickinson county still shows a road RoW between properties so technically it's a public way. These maps also give the names of property owners on nearby parcels, so it should be pretty easy to have a couple of names to inquire about if you vosit a nearby house to ask about the bridge. Knowing owner names and asking for them sets people at ease. I've had people from nearby homes offer to take me to locations and pass along local history and bridge names.

The aerial view on the gis shows a deckless truss.

Is Chelsea domestic or an import?

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted July 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The road to this bridge is non-existent. I do not know if it has been officially abandoned, but the bridge is surrounded by private property. It would be a good idea to check with landowners before trying to visit this bridge.

Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS page for this bridge:


KSHS gives a date of ca. 1900 for this bridge. This seems to be a reasonable estimation.

Google Maps clearly indicates that this bridge was extant as of 24 August 2011.