3 votes

Wilson Bridge



Photo taken by Sarah Martin in August 2008


BH Photo #125890


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Chapman Creek on 3200 Avenue, 5.1 mi. east and 1.0 mi. north of Buckeye
Dickinson County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1904
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 146.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 2009
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06050, -97.07289   (decimal degrees)
39°03'38" N, 97°04'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/666735/4325257 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KS 000210849004300 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 08001349 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 17669 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 16.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 2, 2020: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 7, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Changed Status.
  • May 12, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Builder found in NRHP nomination documents.
  • September 27, 2014: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • November 24, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • October 13, 2008: New photos from Sarah Martin


  • Sarah Martin
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Wilson Bridge
Posted May 14, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Julie:

I will see what I can do. Central Kansas has fewer historic bridges than it did when I was a teenager, but there are still some nice ones left.

Wilson Bridge
Posted May 13, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would love to pursue a Robert Elder bridgehunting itinerary for that area. They want us to look at the Chapman Creek Bridge.what else is there over there?

Wilson Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


This is great news. I hope that you can save this one. If you have any questions about other bridges in the area, just let me know.

I often suspect that the Canton Bridge Co. was involved with this one.

Wilson Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Workin' Bridges is making plans for a site visit to Dickinson County in the near future. The commissioners voted for our contract two weeks ago. The persuasive argument "let's know the real costs so that a good decision can be made". Going in with eyes open, and letting the site and the bridge tell us what the best options are and what those options cost. This all happened because locals were interested in their bridge, the county is interested in preservation and KSHS is also proactive in the nomination to the NRHP.

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 8, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Nicole. Please keep us posted. This is a nice bridge in a nice location.

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 8, 2015, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I will keep my fingers crossed! It's a lovely truss. The article also made some mention of keeping it in place at a pedestrian-only limit, which I think is unlikely. It would be much better if the farmers could continue to use it.

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hopefully you can work something out with them. The hip verticals on this bridge are really interesting. They have a four-pronged design that seems to be rather uncommon.

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We have found a county administrator interested in our services. Keeping this one open is an option. Our proposal is in and the supervisors have to vote. Workin' Bridges was a referral by KSHS and we hope to get out there this spring, Robert. The direct quote is "if we can fix this one for a fraction for access by the local landowners there might be some financial benefits".

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is good that the commissioners consider it worth saving. Although not actually the third oldest bridge in Kansas, it does have plenty of unique details not typically found on post-1900 bridges. Julie and Nathan have some good connections for metal bridge restorations.

Wilson Bridge
Posted April 6, 2015, by Nicole Beck (prairieroads06 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

From the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, April 6, 2015: "What do we do about this old bridge?" By Kathy Hageman. "The 110-year-old bridge located at 3200 and Oat Road is the oldest bridge in Dickinson County and the third oldest in Kansas. Although members of the Dickinson County Commission agree the historical bridge is worth saving, they are undecided on what steps to take and how much money should be spent in the process. Late last year, state engineers closed that fracture critical bridge and two others following an inspection that reduced their weight limits to zero."

Wilson Bridge
Posted December 2, 2014, by Aaron (olpie77 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just heard over the police scanner this bridge is now closed indefinitely. :(