2 votes

Branch Peters Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2017


BH Photo #388278



Pony truss bridge over a branch of Peters Creek on Mineral Point Road, 0.5 mi. east and 1.8 mi. north of Troy
Doniphan County, Kansas
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 29.8 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.81701, -95.07808   (decimal degrees)
39°49'01" N, 95°04'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/322135/4409513 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 3 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 4 and 5
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
KS 000221061003248 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17686 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 27, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Branch Peters Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes indeed... Looks to be integrated from the approach span right through the pony. Pony looks to be a Wrought Iron Bridge Co. product from 1880's-1890's. Very nice little bridge that I hope doesn't get trashed!

Branch Peters Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like it to me.

Branch Peters Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Hard to see in the photos. Are the stringers wood?

Branch Peters Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a surprisingly significant bridge. It is an uncommon example of a 2 panel Pratt Truss.

It appears to be a product of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. The bridge features those threaded rod connections on both the top chords and bottom chords where they meet the end posts. I would suspect that this bridge was built sometime between 1880 and 1890. From what I have observed, it appears to me that the Wrought Iron Bridge Company phased out those threaded Rod connections by about 1890. Of course other people have looked at more bridges than I have so if I am wrong about this I would certainly appreciate feedback.

The possibility of this bridge being rehabbed is almost too good to be true, but if Doniphan County is in fact repairing the bridge then they certainly deserve some major accolades for doing so.

If the bridge is scheduled to be replaced however, hopefully it could be preserved in place. If not, this bridge is so small that it could be moved very easily much like the knock-off "Waddell" Truss that is currently located in Troy.

Branch Peters Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

As of the day I visited, April 26th, 2017, this one was not open - but, and I could be wrong about this, it sure looks like it is going under some sort of rehab with new looking timbers making up the deck and new abutment reinforcements on both sides by either locals or the county, the road is public and open but the bridge is bypassed in a exaggerated loop to the west right now, need to return and take a look in a few months, neat old bridge, possibly loved more than many others that get ditched so easily anymore