Here's a picture I took of this bridge in 2018 with the dam below.
Video update on the trail project with drone video and renderings of the proposed eating area.
Yes - it reminds me of my personal favorite Pratt Truss over the Whitewater River...
I know that the construction dates on this bridge and the Lakewood Park/Middle School Bridge do not line up - but could this be a clerical error?
Going out on a limb here...
Could this be the same bridge that got relocated to Lakewood Park and then relocated again to Lakewood Middle School? Now, I know that the Lakewood Park/Middle School Bridge is not skewed...
...but could a skewed truss be made non-skewed? This might explain why the portal bracing on the Lakewood Park/Middle School Bridge is askew.
Wow! That pier looks like it could drop the bridge into the water at any moment!
Wow, they really have cleared the trees & brush away from this bridge. It's been many years since I've been up there, I think it's due for another visit.
This is the bridge my wife as a kid made up a story to tell her younger sisters of riding on a school bus which fell through the bridge.
The NBI may say 1928, but several articles say a bridge west of Clay Center was washed out in the 1935 flood.
I found an article from July 1936 saying it was opening, but haven't managed to find a contract letting yet.
Feel free to create an entry for it. According to https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/519798093/ Leavenworth Bridge Co. won a contract in 1904
The image is for the Morganville Bridge
Image here: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/526521687/
Builder source is the same article for the Wakefield bridge lost in the 1935 Flood.
Builder appears in article here: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/12643654/
Found an article with builders for this one: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/486811626/
This popped up in my search for info on these bridges. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/383827225/
Amendment to the previous comment: The bridge was likely built post 1935, as this still from a USGS report about a flood shows a two span Pratt:
Thank you guys! I told Melissa something looked off and I was actually trying to find one of those to compare with. Not a type I am very familiar with for sure!!
Oh I love the thought of it being inundated but I believe it was removed.
Okay, I guess the article mentioned that the bridge would be removed. Too bad. There are only two Kansas cantilevers left to the best of my knowledge. One in Kansas, and one in Nebraska.
The Republican River is large enough here that a Kansas cantilever would make sense. there used to be one a little farther downstream near Junction City. I drove across it a few times in the late 90s before it was replaced.
I concur that that's a Kansas Kantilever.
I suspect that this might have been a Kansas cantilever. there is even a remote chance that it might still be extant under the water.
I like these concrete fence railings. This one definitely needs some repairs but could be made to look really nice again!
This bridge is possibly eligible for the NRHP. It is a good example of an early 1920s concrete bridge. The NBI calls it a slab, but I suspect that it might be a tee-beam.
This bridge is still open to traffic, but there is a bypass in place for wide vehicles.
Nick, please tell me you bought the commemorative plate.
I did think about the Keystone plaque but they flaired out and were a little wider at the bottom than WIBCo ones.
I've searched for an hour this morning. Most of the information is related to the relocation.
Although the "Prize" span was saved here, I too was thinking last night that it's a shame they didn't repurpose the little Pratt as well!
Not seeing anything to suggest Massillon here. I believe the 1910 date was just the usual bad Kansas default date. Although 4-panel thru's are uncommon they do exist.
Thank you Art !
Art, you're welcome. I definitely want more information on this one too
BTW, I think you are right, but thought I’d double check.
I have seen a bridge plaque with that shape with “Keystone” on it :^)
Given the 1900 build date, Are you basing the builder by the plaque shape or secondary evidence?
Thanks for the pic Melissa!
Glad they saved the bowstring. Too bad they scrapped the cute little Pratt. I wonder if we can find info on it.
Massillon? Doesn’t quite look like a King to me. Probably relocated and shortened in 1910. Would explain the date and 4 panel through config.
When this bridge was built in 1928, it carried K-24, which was re-designated K-16 when US 24 was extended into Kansas. In the 1960s or 1970s, that stretch of K-16 was short-cut, bypassing the bridge.
I have uploaded the correct photos of Polecat Creek Bridge, the original featured photo is of the nearby Mulvane Bridge which is also impressive but you can refer to that listing in this same county to see it, I suggest that photo is deleted as to not cause confusion
Thanks Tony! Thrill for wife and I.
Both plaques in photos now. Shadows and overgrowth made for some tough photos - did our best....down to just 2 KS bridges now that I have been denied from seeing in past, will keep working on those also...absolutely no trace of
road coming off east side of bridge as as crops were planted decades ago
I just need to quit being so impatient!
Thanks again Nick... As always an awesome job!
Thanks Nick! Very cool! Did you happen to get any pics of the plaques?
Absolutely love it. Love anything "hidden"
But Nick... Where's the pics??? ;-p
....very nice gentleman put up his dogs as my wife and I approached down the previously locked up long-closed county road to the old 1903 Kansas City Bridge Company product, some unique features on this one, 2 partial plaques, so very happy to be privy to this unicorn I have tried to see up close for all these years. Recent flooding damaged under side even more than previous years. 90' long in total.
How Exciting !!!
Pretty excited about this one. Visited every September for the past several years en route to the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, hoping to somehow catch a break and meet up with the property owner who kept this one under lock and key with several signs about attack dogs on sight. Finally this week was contacted by property owner,met up, found out he is a K9 unit officer with about a dozen very large shepherds on site ready to take anyone out.....
Selling motorcycle carburetors from a van down by the creek.
I was gonna say if it was anything to do with Bing maps then it was likely sabotage on Google's part.
FWIW, Bing made the carbs on BMW bikes.
It's also interesting how Bing Agency International has their offices on the bridge. ;-p
Bridge in the satellite view doesn't match the photos.
Looks like the same photos as:
Photos 70 and 71 appear to be of the St. Joseph swing bridge further up river. Note the double decked I-229 bridge in the background and the permanent pier in the middle of the river, as the St. Joseph bridge is usually kept in the open position.
I painted Lionel on this bridge when I was about seventeen. I think it was in 1968 as I was a freshman at Southwestern College. There are rungs leading to the spot I chose. I climbed up there three times (It's a long way above the river) First to measure where I planned to put the lettering. A friend helped me make stencils out of cardboard so I could spray paint the letters. The second night was windy and I wasn't satisfied with the results. So I went back up to paint over the first attempt and redo the job. About a month later It made the front page of the Winfield Daily Courier. You could see Lionel on it for years. I still think of those trips up that bridge every time I drive past it.
When the new bridge was built tunnel was removed.
Road 160 does not seem to cross Buck Creek, so Mystery.
Bridge has been replaced.
Cool story of respect for a fallen soldier!
From The Mound Valley Journal, 25 Jan 1918:
John Shy Died At Doniphan
Another soldier boy is dead of pneumonia and this time it is a Labette county boy. John W. Shy, a son of C. W. Shy, who lives six miles southeast of Mound Valley, died Monday night at Camp Doniphan and the body was brought to Angola Thursday morning and the funeral services will be held at 1:00 o'clock today (Friday) at the Angola church.
This is one of prettiest Kings I’ve ever seen!
I was posting comments below as "anonymous", forgot to log back in until now
Yeah Tony, agree. Some unique characteristics on this one, very stout albeit a little bent up.
I'm not at all convinced about the 1939 build date.
The use of tight lacing with paired angles for the diagonals and double-paired angles for the verts, along with double-laced angles for the lower chord are all very unique!
I'm more inclined to think that this is a riveted Pratt and not a Warren.
2nd bridge run into in the state with a plaque square in the middle of the structure, kind of neat
Here is a picture that was on facebook and sent in by Mary Sanders. That is her two brothers in the picture. I was in school with Frank Sanders. He was born probably in 1940 and the writing on the picture indicates it was taken in 1942.
1880's James Street bridge 1st Bridge
The lost through truss bridge over the Kansas River at James Street is actually the 2nd of 3 bridges to cross at this location. The first was built around 1880 and fell victim to the 1903 flood, along with nearly all Kansas River bridges at the time. This 2nd bridge was built as a replacement in the 1903 or 04 timeline. The rest of the description is correct it was raised 6 feet just before the flood of 1951, and survived until 1987 when it was replaced by the 3rd bridge. A special note all three bridges have used the same center pier it is still seen today. Attached is the photos of the 1880's bridge and the 2nd bridge.
According to the July 3rd 2019 addition of the Coffeyville Journal, the Montgomery County Commissioners have been briefed on the potential need to replace this bridge in the next few years. Given its very high national significance, this bridge is a good candidate for preservation. If a new bridge is needed, preserving this one as a pedestrian bridge would be a great solution.
Listed as being Converse Road, Road sign lists it as Chicken Creek Road as does the Gazetteer.
Used the original abutments. Laid up stone.
On Road TP between Road 180 and 160.
orthotropic deck? odd indeed
I'm good with adding an "Odd Duck" category... Because I have no clue!
This is certainly a bit of an odd duck... Reminds me of this bridge in Tony's backyard: http://bridgehunter.com/in/marion/bh84071/
And this one in Lawrence, Massachusetts: http://bridgehunter.com/ma/essex/c-rr-north-canal/
This one was replaced more than a year ago, thought I posted photos of it- satellite imagery may still show old bridge, but UCEB firmly in place 😟
News articles about proposed adaptive reuse:
This is why I have started poking at the rolled arch bowstrings. Morrison seemed to follow Whipple's original concept with the segmented straight line sectioned bow; using rolled members instead of Whipple's cast ones. As far as I can tell, this is unique to Morrison.
This bridge's connections seem to match those of Mallaham http://bridgehunter.com/oh/putnam/6932509/ which is of unquestioned provenance.
Morrison did not seem to favor cruciform or star iron members whereas Missouri and King did.
My interpretation of HAER is this one is likely a CBW erected in April/May 1871 with Miller and Jameson and Company either erecting the 'kit' or acting as agent.
Also, this is the only early bridge attributed to Missouri Valley without a built up top chord. HAER refers to plans for a bridge over "Hooers Creek in Jefferson county" that I have not seen but it seems to imply the difference being the angles at the panel points (continuous arch on the 'Hooers Creek' design?).
What I still don't know is which companies made continuous arch (not segmented like this one and Mallahan) rolled (not built up) member bowstrings such Melock Hill http://bridgehunter.com/in/switzerland/melock-hill/ and Siloam Springs http://bridgehunter.com/il/adams/bh53514/ as there are just as many attributed to King as CBW and even more that are unattributed.
Also note this is a HAER documented bridge and they did substantial research and did not uncover a connection to Columbia.
Slightly confused on this one, visited about 8 months ago, lots of cars on site, could see folks working behind fence, security booth stopped me and asked what I was doing, gave same answer as always about being a bridge enthusiast, not only was I denied access, I had not one but 2 cars follow me from the site as I drove south the entire way until I crossed city limits, it was rudiculous, the plant seemed fully staffed and heavily monitored at that time.
He would likely tell you the same thing I did.
So are you going to pester Jim with a call for his opinion or shall I :^)
PS. I think it matches to Morrison patent.
Rolled verticals and cruciform outriggers.
Given the top chord alone I would be inclined to think that as well Art. It doesn't match the 2 surviving examples from MVB&I, but they were building bridges in the early 1870's and could have certainly had an earlier design for a bowstring.
Indiana bridge historian Jim Cooper (An amazing researcher of county records) taught me it is best not to note a builder unless you have proof. In this case I would rather see it left blank than be documented incorrectly.
Another bridge with cruciform outriggers and rolled verticals!
I'm almost certain that this is Columbia Bridge Works not Missouri Valley.
Note the rolled verticals in addition to the outriggers.
Follow up - was at this spot again this weekend, there is only the old bridge on Coyote Rd at 190th, no more bridges on 190th to east. Listing should be removed IMO - very rough roads getting to this spot
A very old and light pony truss! Looks like Farmer Brown has decked it for use in his field.
The road shows on the 1982 county highway map but is not on the 1990.
Cool bridge, Nick! Pretty good size!!
Few dings but open bridge looking pretty good
This would have been one monster trestle - approx. 75'-100' from creek floor to top of dismantled bridge, maybe 200' long across creek valley - not much left, couldn't get to timbers on W side but E side looking good and concrete supports still fairly solid in waterway