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Massachusetts Street Bridge (1st)

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Kansas River Bridge - Lawrence KS

1867 Photograph of the Massachusetts Street Bridge in Lawrence, KS.

Alexander Gardner & Kansas State Historical Society

License: Released into public domain

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View this photo at kansasmemory.org

BH Photo #263875

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Description 

The First Massachusetts Street Bridge was built from 1863-1864 by the Lawrence Bridge Company. The only available description calls the bridge a through truss "of the Howe Truss pattern" made of wood with stone piers. The cost of the bridge was $47,000. For quite some time it was the only bridge crossing the Kansas River west of Kansas City.

At some point in the late 19th century, the wooden truss was replaced with a metal through truss (possibly after the flood of 1876).

Facts 

Overview
Lost Howe through truss bridge over Kansas River on Massachusetts Street (Later US40/59)
Location
Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1864
Design
Described as a "Timber Howe Through Truss"
Dimensions
Total length: 690.0 ft.
Also called
Kansas River Bridge, Wagon Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.97515, -95.23601   (decimal degrees)
38°58'31" N, 95°14'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/306301/4316396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lawrence East
Inventory number
BH 57697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2013: Added by Robert Healey

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