Fairly common except for the "sideways" verticals.
A photograph of this bridge can be seen here:
The image appears to be in the public domain. The bridge typifies a late 1890s Wrought Iron Bridge Co. product.
It seems this bridge is doomed.
From an article in the Iola Register (behind a paywall) Jan 31, 2013:
"The fate of the Hegwald Bridge, or county bridge 2.8-P.6, in Humboldt has been decided. It will be demolished and replaced.
The bridge, which crosses Owl Creek west of Chanute, is eligible for Kansas Department of Transportation funding. The county will pay 20 percent of the total cost of the construction, and KDOT will pay the remaining 80 percent. According to KDOT, any bridge that receives a sufficiency rating of 50 or lower on the 100-point scale is eligible for funding — the Hegwald bridge rated at 17.9."
And from August 28, 2013:
"See it before it’s gone: Allen County crews are removing the 'Hegwald Bridge' west of Humboldt. The $694,933.50 project to replace the bridge will most likely take place at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, said Bill King, director of public works."
As of November 27, 2013, the bridge is still in place, with no signs of impending demolition.
When girders are "arched" like this, they're not actually acting as an arch where all members are in compression. This is simply a thickening of the girder where the shear is highest near the supports. It looks nicer than a straight girder, but is more expensive to cast.
This bridge is neither a stringer nor a slab--there is one spot in the street view where the reflection of the bridge's underside can be clearly seen, revealing that the bridge is a concrete girder bridge. It has only the outer beams, with perpendicular floor beams connecting them. Somewhat like a stringer, but definitely not a slab.
While NBI lists this bridge as a concrete stringer, a quick look at google earth ground view from the current US75 bridge tells me this is an arched concrete slab, so I listed it as such.
Glad you added it. I was going to, but never got around to it, and considering the old bridge is now gone, it is fitting. As for it being modern, it is no different than the Kit Bond Bridge that replacing the Peso.
This bridge appears to be on the verge of collapse. The bearing is halfway off the abutment and twisting of the gusset plate in that area is visible.
This is one of two culverts in the county from the WPA era making their way through the NHRP process. Links added.
(Masonry Arch Bridges of Kansas TR)
6 mi. S. & 11.3 mi. W. of Gove,
Benson Culvert has a tentative listing # 13000878.
October 19, 2013 Pending List.
Republic County seemed to prefer the WIBC. There are two 1899 through trusses in the county as well that were built by the same firm.
The Bedstead trusses in Republic County also feature the connections that Anthony referred to in the previous post. Additionally, the County Line Bowstring Bridge, which was originally part of a four span bridge in Cloud County to the south was moved here.
Cloud County also has an 1884 four span Pratt truss bridge (1 through, three pony spans built by WIBC).
Of course, I am assuming that this bridge is truly lost, and was not moved elsewhere. Republic County has demolished a few bridges, but they have also maintained several bridges as well.
An unfortunate loss here... The 1925 date that was listed is off by about 50 years. The large nuts at the endpost-top chord connection looks like the work of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in the 1870's.
There has been some grading work done near the northwest corner of this bridge. I hope it was just part of a bank stabilizing project. This bridge deserves much more recognition than it has received.
This bridge has disappeared. Republic County has a good record for historic bridge preservation, so I wonder if it might have been destroyed by flooding.
Satellite imagery confirms that this bridge is extant. Republic County chose to bypass it with a new bridge, but leave the historic bridge standing.
This bridge is on a dead-end road. I think I see a truss. Perhaps it survived the local bridge mass-disappearance event.
Just checked satellite imagery it is gone. There has been a major elimination of truss bridges in Brown County in just the last year. I can't figure out this mass disappearance. Have the aliens been abducting our bridges?
Well, I hope it is just closed and not lost. I am not too optimistic based on the streetview.
This image was taken sometime in the early 1940's. The bridge crossing at the top is the Argentine Boulevard Bridge, to the left you see some storage tanks, these are some of the tanks that took out the west end of the bridge in the flood of 1951. This image was found in the "Missouri Valley Collection" at the Kansas City Missouri Public Library.
I grew up in Lowell, Kansas, where this bridge is located. It was used as a trolley car bridge that used to run from Galena, Kansas to Treece, Kansas and down into Picher, Oklahoma. There are still two very impressive spans of this bridge left. One in Lowell and it's neighboring town of Baxter Springs. These will always be home to me. It was used to transport lead and zinc ore from Galena, Kansas to the Eagle Picher plant in Picher, Oklahoma.
The portals are rather unique!
Glad to see photographs on here. This bridge, along with perhaps 2-3 others in southeast Kansas have a rather interesting perforated portal bracing. I have not seen an exact match anywhere else.
Thank you for your input. Local residents such as yourself are critical for the process of saving this bridge. Although Kansas has several WPA stone arch bridges, this is one of the most significant. I have connections with KSHS and I will send them an e-mail. Hopefully we can save this bridge at the proverbial 11th hour.
My family owns the land adjacent to the bridge, where I grew up and had sight of the bridge from our house. It is a shame that the Rush and Russell county commissioners have nothing but $ signs in mind when considering what to do about bridge repairs. The commissioners have been dinking around for over 1 and 1/2 years in their lack of addressing the issue. Our family even offered to fund a portion of the cost differential to repair the bridge as opposed to replacing it. This offer is in addition to the substantial taxes that our family pays to the county each year. I'll bet the decision would be far different if any of the commissioners lived near, or had to use the bridge. My family is very much in favor of repair as opposed to replace. Please reconsider and lets keep this beautiful and historic bridge in place.
I am glad that KAKE has picked up the story. They have a large viewership in the greater Wichita area. The Topeka Capitol Journal also had a story about it. Now maybe the Lawrence Journal World or Kansas City Star could give it a mention, especially if it gets picked up by the A.P.
This is ridiculous that they are pushing to demolish an historic bridge that serves a meager 40 ADT...
Acquire a small bit of land next to it, then put in a low water crossing and call it a day! Simple solution that saves a piece of history as well as taxpayer $$$... Might not sit well with their contractor buddies however!
Corrected location to near CR 400 and Avenue A as appears on images.
It is not unusual for bridge details to get confused in news reports. Often times the main span length seems to get swapped for total length or vice-versa. Sometimes a rehab date also gets listed as the build date. This can be most unfortunate if it leads the public to believe the bridge is much newer than it really is.
There is now talk of preserving another bridge in exchanged for this one being demolished. Problem is, the other bridge is smaller, newer and considerably less significant (not that I would not want to see it preserved as well).
Based on the stories I've seen on KAKE and the Hays news, this looks like the bridge slated for demolition, but the info seems inconsistent. The lat/lon shows a location that doesn't have a three arch bridge, and is nowhere close to the county line. I did find a three arch bridge on the county line, in an oilfield that I believe is this bridge: 38.6968,-99.038414 also the reported length on here is shorter than what the bridge is on Google Earth, and the KAKE article stated the length was around 90', which is consistent with the bridge on the county line.
In my opinion, obscuring it, although not the most preferred option (I think most of us would agree that a relocation of the whole bridge in a manner similar to how http://bridgehunter.com/ia/pocahontas/bh54933/ and http://bridgehunter.com/ia/lyon/melan/ were relocated would be a better option.), would still be a /lot/ better than demolishing it entirely.
Luke, that is an interesting idea. If the topography would be conducive to that, we might have an economical solution that would preserve the old bridge, even though the view would be obscured a bit.
Would a setup similar to this be at all possible?:
From the satellite view, this bridge just looks like a stringer of some sort.
I am not familiar with any railroad truss bridges in the Marion vicinity, but if you find one, please let us know so we can post it here.
This bridge will be demolished unless there is a successful charge to change the minds of county commissioners.
Oilfield tankers require a larger and stronger bridge.
Is there a photo of this bridge? I am looking to find a truss bridge with railroad tracks on it a few miles north of Marion. Not sure if this is the same bridge.
I had given some thought to adding this bridge myself. I think that if a bridge is the site of a major event, then it attains at least a certain amount of significance.
I can see how travelers on the Kansas Turnpike would want to know which bridge is the "tornado bridge". Additionally, this bridge appears to be a good example of a Kansas Turnpike standard plan from the 1950s.
The bridge is located in Chelsea Township. Regular readers will know the significance of that...
The new bridge was opened to traffic in late August 2013.
This bridge has been removed from the historic register and is scheduled to be torn down soon. I grew up a half mile from this bridge and really hate to see it go. I would like to see the counties involved rethink this decision.
I was hesitant about posting this bridge. After all it is a UCB to some respects, and one of a many along the Kansas Turnpike. As I said, it is a rather nondescript, ordinary bridge, and there is nothing particularly unique or special about it. However, this bridge -- or rather the video associated with it -- has led to people being killed (among other bridges). If anything, I hope to make people aware that taking shelter under a bridge is never a good idea when it come to trying to escape a tornado.
Video from today's demolition: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Video-Crews-Use-Explosives-To-Demolish-Kansas-Bridge-227111271.html
The main structure of the bridge was dropped into the river aruond 9:30am today 10/9/13
Memorable video starring an ordinary bridge.
It sure looks like the interior steel is angles. Whether it's an encased truss or they just improvised for the rebar will take some more investigating. Not easily seen in the photos are the four threaded pipe ends sticking up at the ends of the top of the concrete. It's tall enough that I don't see the point of attaching a rail and lights in this remote place don't make sense.
Could be the encasement of a lightweight girder. However, I can't help but wonder if someone encased one of these style trusses... they were lightweight after all and a desire to strengthen at a later date would not be a suprise...
Pure chance. I was headed to the Big Bull Creek bridge (heavily posted, no one home). I stopped to look at the unusually high walls on this one and saw the outriggers. Quite a surprise.
Awesome discovery! It's the kind of bridge that just screams for a return visit in the winter to crawl underneath and poke around.
Soliciting comments here. This is the first time I've seen a bridge with this type of construction. Anyone seen something similar?
The subject bridge has been demolished.
Sad to report, drove by the bridge on I35 today and noticed it has been removed and replaced with a new bridge as part of the Turkey creek flood control project
The "What's here" button is pretty accurate at determining what company currently uses the line.
You're correct that SKOL/SK&O uses the line.
I just discovered this bridge thanks to Google Maps. I will let the railfans decide the appropriate company, although it might be the Southern Kansas & Oklahoma (SK&O).
It is probably a standard Pratt or Warren through truss. It is located just outside of the town of Elk Falls, which is known for a wrought iron Pratt through truss built by George E. King.
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No worries. I had to look at the map for a couple minutes before I figured out the location. Manhattan has grown quite a bit since those old maps were made, and there are lots of roads now that did not exist back then.
Clark and Robert are correct. Even though I posted the lat/lon - I was looking at the wrong curve of Wildcat and was confusing two roads! Sorry for the confusion. *sheepish smile*
The road is shown at the west end of the PDF topo. And that road shows up in the historicaerials 1958 topo.
This bridge has survived for now, despite being a bit narrow for modern traffic. A couple of Marsh arches in the area did not survive.
I think the road to the lake is still on that map, just near the western edge of it. Look to the west of the westernmost railroad bridge. I believe that railroad bridge is the one that is now visible from Seth Child Avenue.
Err, Clark, the road and bridge are just of the west edge of that map. And I can't seem to find where that map came from so I can get then next one west.
That's curious, Clark. I was looking at topographical maps from historicaerials.com. No road show in 1950, 1954,or 1958. Were did you find the 1955 topo map?
I don't see the road on a 1925 topo but it is on the 1955. I'm guessing the road was probably put in around when the guy built the fishing lake in 1935. If it was privately built then a truss might have been relocated. It seems likely that if privately built he would have chosen a simple, cheap solution.
Neither the 1941 nor 1968 county road map shows it as part of the county system and these dates bracket the 1955 topo.
I just found the rotatable views that everyone was talking about, and it is definitely not a girder system as I mentioned earlier , but I do think that it is an under-the-deck system of some sort...it kind of looks like it may be the remains of a concrete open- spandrel arch system, but it doesn't appear to me to be a truss system of any kind, but hard to tell for sure...
Deck Plate Girder... yes that is another possibility. Maybe I can check someday unless someone beats me to it. Old bridges keep reappearing as satellite imagery continues to improve.
Google Earth's historic images suggest that this bridge had a 15-foot wide road deck until sometime around 2008 when it was removed. The steel sides that are visible after the deck was removed are only about 11 feet apart and are very thick, much thicker than your average truss upper chord. The x-bracing connecting the sides is visible in the 8/2010 view, as well as the sides. I believe that this is most likely a deck-plate girder bridge just based on the dimensions of the steel vs. the roadway, but as mentioned before, only an actual field check will verify this.
That last anonymous post was mine... The computer forgot who I was, I guess. Anyway.
Prior to 1978 - no road, no houses south of the creek.
1978 - road crossing, 4 houses
1982 - road crossing, 1 house
1995 - road crossing, 3 houses
Looking at the 1909 plat of Riley county suggests no road there. I'm looking for 1930 to 1975 maps, but not much luck.
Thanks, Anonymous. Of course, if a field check reveals that it is modern, the bridge can always be struck from bridgehunter.
The maps I found prior to 1978 show no road, and no house. The 1978 map has a house on the south side and a road crossing Wildcat Creek where this bridge is.
That doesn't mean it isn't an older span that was moved, or an older span that was abandoned and then reused.
From the west it looks exactly like a Bowstring.
I wondered about it being a MOB because it is so narrow, but I don't think it is. If it were a modern MOB, it would probably have a hiking/biking trail leading to it. Also, there is no evidence of recent trail construction here.
This area began receiving European settlement in substantial numbers in the 1850s and then experienced a major population growth in the 1870s and 1880s. Therefore, it is conceivable that the occasional Bowstring truss could appear amid the trees. Bowstrings were used in the area, and in rather high numbers.
This seems like an unlikely place for an 1870s or 1880s bridge as it does not appear to connect directly with downtown Manhattan or with Kansas State University. That being said, if it is a Bowstring bridge, then I would want to investigate the existence of old routes between Manhattan and Fort Riley. Such a road would have to cross Wildcat Creek somewhere.
This bridge is located directly due west of the Old KSU Football Stadium, Manhattan Christian College and Aggieville. If you were going from downtown Manhattan to Fort Riley in the 1870s, you would have to go slightly north to get to this crossing.
Let's just hope that it's not a "Bowstring-ish knockoff" MOB!
If you rotate the Google imagery three times, so that the view is from the west, the structure does look suspiciously bowstring-ish.
Going way out on a limb here...but does anybody think that this could be a Bowstring pony truss? The view from the west made me think of this. The view from the south shows the shadow of a possible truss of some sort.
KSHS was very good at locating bowstrings in their 1980s survey, so it is not likely they missed one, but you never know.
A Bowstring would have the lightweight members and possibly the narrow width seen here.
I followed the imagery South from the bridge and it appears to me that there is evidence of a road that once existed on that end. Part of it has been re-purposed and other parts are hidden in the trees but it is there. Of course the land to the North has been largely altered due to the housing addition.
I do think we have something here...hopefully a good one!
I have made this entry for our mystery bridge in Manhattan. For now, I am just calling it a truss until a field check can verify a more specific design. I am also wondering if it might be a steel stringer with the deck stripped off. That would account for the narrow width.
It appears that the bridge is old enough to at least have some level of historical significance, thus I figured it was worthy of a listing.
Roger Cornish did the story on the 10PM news KWCH, CBS Wichita. Thank you KWCH for your interest and coverage of this story.
Great news. Hopefully you will get some support there. Wichitans have experience in this regard after their successful attempt to preserve the John Mack Bridge.
I was contacted this morning and agreed to an interview with reporter from KWCH Television(Wichita). Story was to run at 6 and 10PM today on local channel 6, but I did not see it. If I see the video and can link it here, I will.
Bing Maps indicates a Parker pony truss over Kill Creek at this location. My suspicion is this area is part of the old Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant which was built during World War II and continued operations into the late 1980s or early 1990s. It has been targeted as a federal clean-up site, so who knows what could become of the bridge.
I suspect that this is probably a newer truss bridge (mid 20th Century), but I am pretty certain that it is not a MOB.
About a month until she's history :( Via the Atchison Globe:
"The question has been on the mind of many, ever since the new Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge was opened to traffic in December: When will the old bridge be imploded?
Multiple sources have confirmed the implosion will occur in three phases, beginning Monday, Sept. 23. The following blasts will come Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 30. The Kansas Department of Transportation also confirmed the dates, but said they were tentative and that specific times have not yet been determined.
I see in this morning's Globe that Elam stated that one-tenth of the bridge is fractured. That seems a slight exaggeration...
Thanks for the feedback. Just when I think that I have seen every possible type of truss bridge imaginable, another surprise turns up. I had seen this bridge from old US 169, but concluded that it was just a standard Pratt truss, and quite honestly I had forgotten about it.
Even the small details on this bridge are interesting - including the turnbuckles.
I found a couple more images.
Near the top of this page is a thumbnail of a photo that shows the lower chord and a bit of a floor beam.
At the bottom of this page is an image of the bridge before the railing was added.
Looks like a double-web truss.
Very unique indeed!
I have seen a covered bridge with the trusses and chords being doubled... http://bridgehunter.com/in/parke/jackson/
But this is the first metal truss I have seen like this.
Nope. I haven't seen one like that.
My guess is an engineer needed a higher weight capacity - so he made a double-truss web. It should carry almost twice the weight of a single-truss web.
But that's speculation based on those photos that are really pointed the wrong way!
I'd sure like to see the lower chord, floor beams, and joints!
Here's a portal shot: http://www.kansascyclist.com/photos/SouthwindRailTrail_003.html
I have never seen a bridge like this one. It has many unique details.
First, it appears to be a "bridge within a bridge" It features two top chords connected with struts. Each vertical member, diagonal member, and counter is doubled. The vertical members are rolled beams connected with town lacing.
The bridge also has a massive beam plus four sets of eyebars for the bottom chord on each side.
One might think the bridge is a Whipple truss at first when approaching it because of the inner sets of diagonals appear to cross two vertical members. (This is just an optical illusion as the inner diagonals only look like they are intersecting the outer vertical members at first glance).
Note the interesting portal bracing and sway bracing. Has anybody seen a bridge like this one?
Efficiency makes a Spartan proud. Beauty makes an Athenian happy. Using a historic Bowstring bridge on your trail instead of a MOB accomplishes both objectives.
I have signed the petition and would encourage others to do the same.
It is encouraging to see that Kansas Territorial Magazine has taken an interest in this bridge. For those of you unfamiliar with this publication, it emphasizes the history and points of interest in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado (Kansas Territory once stretched westward to the Great Divide, and included the city of Denver).
Too many Kansans do not appreciate their history or state. Of course, the state has often been made fun of for it's supposed honor of being the flattest state in the USA (it is not). It seems to me that many Kansans just accept the popular belief that "there is nothing here", and that is a shame.
I now have a website. There is a petition that can be signed and you can "like" on facebook.
Pardon me, but I have to point out two mistakes in this essay.
The Rock Island's lines were not given away under directed service of the ICC. The ICC simply selected other railroads the continue to run the Rock Island lines while the company was carved up and sold off following it's March 1980 liquidation order. This directed service allowed shippers to continue to have rail service while they waited for new owners to step in and purchase the lines.
Lines were NEVER given away. All of the Rock Island lines in service today were purchased by other existing railroads, or formed the basis of new shortlines, such as Iowa Interstate or Iowa Northern. This was the whole point of the bankruptcy sale, to sell of Rock Island property and raise money to pay off stockholders and creditors.
Burlington Northern was not the recipient of this line. St. Louis Southwestern (SSW), aka Cotton Belt, a subsidiary of Southern Pacific, had come to an agreement with the Rock Island in 1978 to purchase the Golden State Route from Tucumari, NM, to Kansas City, MO, of which this bridge is a part of. They also agreed to purchase the former Rock Island mainline between Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, at this time. However, the purchase didn't formerly take place until after the Rock Island's demise.
Although the segment from KC to St. Louis was barely used and sits mostly abandoned now, SSW would spend millions upgrading the Golden State Route into a modern mainline again. Today, this line serves as a principal route in the vast Union Pacific empire and still sees its fair share of traffic.
Nasty county administrator who says once we are through 30 days then the dozers in day 31. we tried to get press everywhere. Floods helped stop some and may cause army corp to not permit low water crossing.
Next thing is an offer to purchase for Keller and let them put low water crossing.
It's called oil and gas play folks. even though they won't use the bridge or a low water crossing with a crazy grade change.
Follow the money.
time to get political everywhere. question engineers with little truss experience, commissioners and supervisor, county conservation boards. get involved and go to meetings.
I approached Territorial Magazine about writing an article about the old bridge and they are eager to publish it. My rough draft is done and I welcome any comments you might wish to make. This will give the bridge a little more publicity, but it will not come out for several months. On a similar subject, have you seen the mess made of the old Hinkle House? They may as well have torn it down. Dodge City has little appreciation for its history.
Had I been able to get to my place I would have had an awesome picture of the water under the bridge. The water was within a few inches of the deck. There was limbs and grass caught in the cross bracing under the deck.
On the east end of the bridge I have a wildlife camera that captures pictures of deer, turkey, bob cat, coyotes and even my cows. The camera has slid around the tree such that all you see is the east bridge abutment and you will notice a shiny medallion on the one post. That is a flood marker from November 17, 1971, which was not the highest flood ever, but one that the record still exists on the post.
Unfortunately on August 8, 2013 I was out and was prevented from returning to my farm by water over the road west of the bridge. I roughly calculated the cross sectional areas for water under the bridge at about 1200 square feet and the same for the water over the road, so the total was about 2400 square feet. The planned seven foot culvert has a cross sectional area of 38 square feet.
Have you considered bringing this to the attention of a statewide newspaper such at the Topeka Capitol Journal or the Wichita Eagle? The Hays and Hutchinson newspapers have a fairly wide readership as well.
Sounds like a job for an independent newspaper reporter, if there are any in the area....
Hi Mr. Erickson:
I have seen those "taker" studies, and you have to take them with a grain of salt. Many of them factor in people who are on Medicare and Social Security. Thus people who are receiving now are people who paid in during previous years. Because Kansas has a rather high percentage of seniors, we receive plenty of Medicare and Social Security money, but it does not go to state coffers. The same issue applies to many of the Sunbelt States such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona among others.
Additionally, these surveys often count military spending. Thus, if the Army wants to spend money at Fort Riley or Fort Leavenworth, the survey counts that as money received by Kansas. Like Medicare and Social Security money, it does not go to state coffers. This same issue can be observed in Georgia (Fort Benning), Oklahoma (Fort Sill), Texas (numerous installations), and a few other (primarily southern and western) states.
Of course many Kansas farmers receive money from farm bills. Unfortunately, this just puts the price of equipment up...but that is another discussion for another day...
I have long suspected that somebody is about to prosper from the demolition of this bridge. The enthusiasm to demolish this bridge when logic suggests otherwise is unbelievable.
This creek floods - even though it is in a relatively dry part of the state. It flooded just last week. A low-water crossing is not going to cut the muster.
The bridge needs one pin replaced...one pin...
Outside of those here and a few historical groups, not all historical societies support bridge restoration or preservation sadly, outside I find no one really cares.
I suspect that the commissioners already have a contract drawn up for a buddy buddy of theirs to tear out the bridge. They were just going through all the niceties to make sure their T's were dotted and their i's crossed. The thing about politics is that it is who you know, and the benefits are reaped accordingly.
Look to see if the costs to demolish somehow skyrocket during and Uncle Sam needs to reimburse the county, err contractor. Poke around during election time and see if the contractor gave a generous gift in the amount of possibly the size of the cost overrun to those in office. I've seen an instance like this before.
It should be noted that Kansas is a taker state, they get more than they contribute to the rest of the country. $1 nets them $1.12. My state gets ripped off, every dollar given to the feds gets only 88 cents in return. Those 12 cents go to Kansas to tear out perfectly fine bridges. As such I should be able to dictate what they do with those funds to some extent.
Robert asks, "Why not fix the pin?" "Why can't it be bypassed?" Because in buddy buddy's contract they get the metal from scrapping the bridge and some places pay good money for real metal. If the bridge is left standing that in their minds is a waste of metal and waste of potential profit. They will quickly ask you Robert, "Why do you hate America?" "Why do you hate the Freedoms that make this country so great?"
Remember it's all legal/right until some independent blogger, wayward journalist, or concerned citizen starts asking around and then – TERRORIST!
If the commissioners want to eradicate all truss bridges in the county, they will be successful with the demolition of this one. It appears to be the last remaining truss bridge in Ford County.
Is the county replacing the bridge without federal funds? This would make a difference given its apparent listing on the NRHP.
Does the Kansas State Historical Society have the ability to stop the demolition? Can the bridge be bypassed and allowed to remain standing? I know that won't help Mr. Keller during floods, but at least it would preserve the bridge for now.
Finally, the big question...again...why not just replace the broken pin?
"...eradicating the bridge?" That's seriously how it was worded in the minutes?! Nice to see a county in Kansas actually use wording that supports my theory that most counties in Kansas view historic metal truss bridges much like a cockroach infestation.
From the Ford County Commissioners' Meeting Minutes, Meeting 2013-37, August 5, 2013,
"Bids to Move Bridge
There were no bids received to remove the Valley Road Bridge. Mr. Halbgewachs will talk to the Kansas Historical Society and the Corps of Engineers to see about documenting the history of the bridge before moving forward with eradicating the bridge and constructing something else."
The recent flood waters in the area have subsided now. It sounds like the flooding was worse in the Little Arkansas and the section of the Arkansas River drainage west of the Flint Hills than in the Whitewater and Walnut River drainage. (The Whitewater River joins the Walnut River, which in turn joins the Arkansas immediately north of the Oklahoma state line).
Hopefully this one held, but flooding on the Whitewater River is a regular occurrence, so it is only a matter of time before this one collapses into the river.