Massachusetts Street Bridge (1st)
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
View this photo at kansasmemory.org
BH Photo #263875
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).
- Lost Howe through truss bridge over Kansas River on Massachusetts Street (Later US40/59)
- Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
- Replaced by a new bridge
- Built 1864
- Described as a "Timber Howe Through Truss"
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)
- August 19, 2013: Added by Robert Healey