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Deer Creek Branch Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler


BH Photo #400254



Neat old pony truss bridge, est. construction date 1930's. Glad previous landowner opted to save this one from inundation 40+ years ago. Can be seen from road in Fall.


Abandoned pony truss bridge over Unnamed Creek
Stull, Douglas County, Kansas
Derelict/abandoned, no decking, 3' wide catwalk running length
Spoke with landowner, said that previous owner of the property heard of a local bridge just south of current location over Dry Creek becoming available during construction of Clinton Lake in the early 1970's, moved to current spot over small creek
Pony truss, moved from a Dry Creek crossing just south of current location in 1970's during construction of Clinton Lake, saving it from inundation. Current property owner stated that past property owner knew the bridge was "overkill" as a crossing for the small creek on the property but just liked having it as a crossing for some of his livestock and dogs. Decking gone now, catwalk still intact, nice dog on property gave me the tour of the surrounding area.
Span length: 32.0 ft.
Total length: 32.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Dry Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95738, -95.45700   (decimal degrees)
38°57'27" N, 95°27'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/287102/4314918 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 78218 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,161)
Douglas County, Kansas (21)
Kansas (2,845)
Owned privately (1,392)
Pony truss (15,191)
Preserved (1,093)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,094)
Stull, Kansas (1)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,147)
Truss (29,885)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2017: Added by Nick Schmiedeler



Deer Creek Branch Bridge
Posted August 20, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

That's him in photo #6.

Deer Creek Branch Bridge
Posted August 20, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Thought it to be so, considered both Warren and Pratt classification listings, thing is a beast over an otherwise non-beastly creek. Great dog - he loved his cat-walk.....or dog-walk.

Deer Creek Branch Bridge
Posted August 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to the thoughtful landowners, there is one remaining highway truss bridge left in Douglas County, Kansas. I had thought they were all gone.

To the best of my knowledge, this leaves Linn County as the only county in the eastern third of Kansas without a single highway truss bridge. Linn County does have a railroad truss and a marsh Arch so all is not lost there.

This bridge is also a very unusual hybrid of a Warren and Pratt truss. I knew of two other examples in Kansas but both of them have been demolished. The discovery of this bridge has resurrected some history!