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Doniphan Co. Waddell "A" Truss Bridge (New Location)


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2017


BH Photo #406027



This is the only Waddell "A" Truss bridge remaining in Kansas. Please see sign photo for all information. Originally built in 1900 on Monument Road near the town of Doniphan - a likely spot would be about a mile east of Mineral Point Rd. where a small tributary of the Missouri River crosses to the north under Monument Rd. and a small modern bridge stands today. Moved to Troy Community Park in pieces and re-assembled in 2015, modified from its original 20' wide to a 6' wide pedestrian bridge. So cool. Again, please see sign photo for more detail.


Waddell "A" through truss bridge over Unnamed Creek
Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1900
Waddell "A" through truss
Total length: 36.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 8.0 ft.
Also called
Monument Rd. Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78813, -95.09554   (decimal degrees)
39°47'17" N, 95°05'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/320566/4406343 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 78762 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2017: Added by Nick Schmiedeler

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Doniphan Co. Waddell "A" Truss Bridge (New Location)
Posted October 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has a bizarre story to say the least. It carried traffic on Monument Road for several years. I don't know if that was its original location or not. It was still on Monument Road when I last visited it. In fact, it was still open to traffic.

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this bridge is the fact that it was put together from random parts of an even older bridge. I would not be too surprised if the parts that compose this bridge originally came from more than one older bridge. This bridge might even comprised parts of three or four older bridges.

It is a Waddell truss in terms of overall layout but it was not built by the same firm that built the one in Missouri. Most likely, a creative County engineer designed this thing and a crew of County workers assembled it. Doniphan county has at least two other bridges that were altered and reused.

Doniphan Co. Waddell "A" Truss Bridge
Posted October 14, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Thanks, Dana and Kay

Doniphan Co. Waddell "A" Truss Bridge
Posted October 14, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nick you rock dude! Nice find

Doniphan Co. Waddell "A" Truss Bridge
Posted October 14, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Searched for other listings of this historic (albeit modified) bridge on this site, but did not find any, hence this listing. Spotted from the road as I was driving by, great old thing, very happy locals had the thought to rehab it and make it very accessible to the public.