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UP - Big Creek Bridge


Bridge is located west of downtown Hays, Kansas. Photo was taken with a zoom and cropped.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2006


BH Photo #111754


Street View 


Lattice through truss bridge over Big Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Hays, Ellis County, Kansas
Open to traffic
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Triple-intersection lattice through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.87725, -99.34437   (decimal degrees)
38°52'38" N, 99°20'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/470129/4303211 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hays North
Inventory number
BH 36254 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • October 30, 2013: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 13, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder
  • February 11, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


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UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by Luke

Erie was also a fan of quadrangular lattices.

UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I am not sure of the total count, but New York State has some too, it appears the New York Central Railroad used lattice trusses (quadruple intersection) sometimes.

There are a few highway lattice trusses in America, not many though.

Here is one of the New York Central lattice trusses:


UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Wow - great stuff, thanks for the very thorough info....quite unique and beautiful

UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

One thing worth noting is that these were exclusively railroad bridges. Based on the count given by bridgehunter, I've found these counts:

10 left in Kansas

21 left in Illinois

15 left in Iowa

3 left in Michigan

5 left in Minnesota

8 left in Nebraska

23 left in South Dakota

21 left in Wisconsin

Three railroads in the midwest/western states used these designs, including Union Pacific, the Chicago & North Western and the Rock Island. The C&NW used them between the late 1870s and late 1920s, while Rock Island used them between the late 1870s and about 1900, and Union Pacific exclusively used them in the 1890s and early 1900s. The design evolved relatively little between the 1870s structures of Leighton Bridge & Iron Works and the 1920s structures of American Bridge Company

UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


There are a few of these lattice trusses left in Kansas. If you want to see a large number of them you would want to head for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes area. The Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan have a massive number of these bridges. I believe that New England might have a few examples as well.

Most examples outside of Kansas, are quadrangular intersectional lattice trusses. Most examples in Kansas are triple intersectional lattice trusses. The triple intersectional variety is rarely found in other states.

UP - Big Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Ran into this one by accident leaving the Jellison Bridge across street on Ft. Hays State Univ. campus - a beauty, my 1st lattice bridge - many left in Kansas?