Stone abuts could suggest an older bridge once existed at this location.
I enjoy finding them in overgrown areas. For some reason it's more exciting to me.
That sure doesn't look to be "open to traffic", and it looks like it's been a while since they bypassed it.
Found this bridge on Nov 8, 2018. Has been left in place and Eagle Rd now bypasses it on the north side. Very overgrown and difficult to see much detail of bridge.
Thanks for fixing pin
It looks like the 2014 rehab replaced the pony truss with a steel stringer.
Little steel reinforcements at some point, beauty large arch
Crazy remote roads to this one, deck rehab at some point, great stone abutments, pin should be on road hump, just left of center.....pretty spot
Thanks, Mike - my 1st visit
Wow! What a bridge! Great pix Nick!!!
If you look closely at picture 2, there is significant settlement on the left side and the center is beginning to hinge. I doubt the bridge required sabotage to collapse. Perhaps that's why someone wisely put the boulders at the ends? It was a beautiful structure though.
Did he say why he suspected sabotage?
I went on a guided tour of Cowley County stone bridges on Oct 6, 2001. We visited this bridge and our guide stated that it had recently collapsed. He suspected it was sabotaged, but couldn't prove it. Attached are a couple of photos I took that day. It is a gorgeous location!
The bridge is closed as of 12 Oct 18 due to damage from flood debris.
Neat little one, couple more funny bridges in that park (aka Lincoln Park)
STILL EXTANT !! 1st visit today - thing is a bruiser, why bother with it at this point? Gorgeous old thing
VIRGINIA BRIDGE AND IRON CO. ROANOKE VA 1926 .....very busy line, long approach on one side....1974-abutment, beautiful tall stone pillars
Wo. Big one. Beautiful.
These pictures were taken on 10/2/2018.
Yes indeed - like to create a post for that bridge, have a seperate individual postcard photo of it - was possibly the 1st 14th St. bridge (also called "South Bridge"), guessing that bowstring built 1880's or 90's, then double thru truss that was just torn down this year was built 1929, replacing it
Correct date on this bridge (per plaque) is 1927
Yeah, wish this one would've hung around for our visit that day
Photo 2 has the 14th Street bowstring in the background.
Hopefully this one will not get replaced like the other bridge did. This is a great Bedstead and deserves to be preserved.
Thanks for the update. I will update this page accordingly. It would be nice if the bridge was in storage.
This bridge was dedicated in 2018 to A.E. Buenning, who was instrumental in having it built. He was executive director of the Brown Memorial Park for decades. Link to article below:
Unfortunately, this bridge has been replaced by a UCE in recent years.
Correct, the bridge reported in the article is this bridge on the Smoky Hill River, not on Lyon's Creek. Photo courtesy of Dickinson County.
This bridge appears to be demolished. The article says Lyons Creek but it appears to mean this bridge. http://www.abilene-rc.com/news/lyons-creek-bridge-fell-down/...
Really gorgeous area around this "newer" stone arch X 5
Neat one - not unlike a few others in the area, beautiful work
Visited again today. Much easier to see in daylight - thing is a beast.
This one is currently in the process of being replaced. Another one bites the dust.
I would agree. I think we would see a rip rap bank for flow control in a permanent structure. Here, I see loose gravel.
NW Kansas had some storms and flooding around Memorial Day this spring. I wonder if this bridge got washed out. This looks like it could have been an emergency repair.
UGEC... Ugly Galvanized Eyesore Culvert
VERY sad to say this queenpost has been replaced by....wth ya call this mess
This county map shows the old rail line and can help you locate at least three crossings still visible from above.
On further satellite inspection, there is a short-length wooden train bridge to the south and east of the camp-approach road in the middle of that field over the creek on an old line that looks like it would have curved to the north and west and connected to the giant wooden tussle that still remains in shambles (see photos)
This one pretty dang remote considering close to a decent size town - looks older than 1910, tall sucker, solid
If you use Google Earth 1991 imagery, the old ROW is still visible and there does appear to be a trestle there.
Problem is that using Google Earth's ruler tool suggests that this is 1.35 miles south of Hwy 36 and the description is 2.7 miles south 1 mile East of Mankato.
I might suggest 39.745156, -98.175749 as the location of the bridge on this page, but I'm uncertain. 1991 imagery isn't that great, but it may be a pony. 2018 imagery looks like a culvert.
Certainly an uncertain relation...…...
There are two Missouri Pacific trestles east and south of here. I don't see any historic references showing a crossing at this location although there clearly is one.
Additionally, this may be the former location of the county "Poor Farm" as the nearby cemetery is named the Poor Farm Cemetery.
Awesome field work as ALWAYS, Nick. Thanks
This one is recently replaced
Drove all around this property - it is a camp, with 2 small fairly-recrntly-made creek crossing bridges, and the shambles of a very old and gigantic wooden RR bridge which shows up on satellite very much looking like a pony of some sort, but is not. If this is not the Unnamed Creek Bridge correctly assigned to this listing I am not exactly sure where on this property it might be
Thanks, Art !!
I agree with your theory. Railroads were very into reusing spans that still had some life left in them. In fact, this article is a very interesting read:
I believe I have a location where this truss could have been moved to:
This is also a 140' truss (the measured distance between the east abutment on this bridge and the western pier, which appears to be a former abutment). Located Labette County, the bridge was relocated there around 1953. I've found that sometimes bridge parts could be in storage for several years. I believe there is a good change that the Salt Creek Bridge could be the original location.
Thinking about this....
Frisco used quite a few ~100-foot truss spans, and the stone pier on the west bank looks wide enough to support a truss. The 52-foot spans look older than 1951 but Frisco moved steel spans around quite a bit. Possibly the new piers and used spans were moved in to replace an old truss.
Former Frisco bridge on Carthage-Wichita line. Frisco steel bridge book says two 52-foot DPG and two 25-foot I-beams, installed in 1950. Not clear if that's the bridge or just the I-beams but the pictures look like just the I-beams.
Nice one. 7' tall. Very remote.
....and some signs of repairs over the years, and disrepairs - few blocks fallen/washed down creek
Glad noone gave up on this one.....there is an unmapped road "Wagon Wheel" that is in fact still open running on W side of creek, right behind local K-12 Centre School (not "Center") all the way N to bridge and beyond, way too muddy today to drive it (especially with my old camp trailer attached, so walked it, and a first for me at least, an engraved keystone - 1887 indeed. Where this road goes, have no clue, love all these mystery roads
Wo!! Love it
Possible to change status on this one to "replaced"? Thanks!!
Nick, added photo to existing entry. You are Probably right on pin. Not sure of loci.
Dana and Kay - Love that old photo thank you for posting. Curious about your pinned location, thinking the Smoky Hill River was the body of water that bridge crossed which is south of your pin, or there was a leg of the River that ran that far north way back late 19th century/earliest 20th century when that bridge was built, just curious, love to go investigate
Kansas & Oklahoma train passing over bridge July, 2009
Repeat listing for "Bee Creek Bridge" in same county
This bridge might not be as lost as we think. It was reportedly placed on the ground intact nearby. A photograph has surfaced on Facebook showing the bridge sitting on dry land and overgrown with weeds. It might still be hiding in the trees if somebody wants to do a field check.
Thanks Tony - glad this little one still standing!!
First time I've seen a plaque mounted that way! You're a trooper as always Nick!
Apparently this road has been closed for only a couple of years...it's amazing how little time it takes for a road to look like it's been abandoned for a century after it closes.
Exists!! And very old indeed, closed, with a long boggy walk to her - worth the journey. Neat survivor, great pillars - remote and spooky spot.
Aaaargh....plaque date broken off, and funny to even find one on such a tiny bridge, and hung sideways - all firsts, for me at least....absolute mess of a road after a heavy rain, parked 1/2 mile away and walked down muddy road to this little special one, holes rotted all the way through deck, but remains open to traffic
Stupp Bros. style plaque
Buddy of mine Taylor Kesl visited Jewell Co. same weekend recently I did and snapped these photos, some great ones, killer plaque, will try to get side and underneath shots if/when I'm way out that way again
Some very fine work has been done to this one, proudly shown off now as a major pedestrian walkway and attraction - sign says one of 4 Luten's remaining in KS I believe - love seeing this back (basically) in one piece
Believe you're right, Tony !!
Cool 106 y.o. queenpost, maybe hard to see in photos but one end is listing considerably to the side, vertical supports underneath leaning noticeably,very good candidate for collapse with heavy load across, very remote area
Yeah, I'm not opposed to changing names of those that are colloquially referred to as tunnels to say as such, but it should be made abundantly clear that unlike the cut-and-cover construction Royce is arguing against (Despite it typifying said construction style), these aren't considered tunnels on an engineering-level.
Another example of this would be the "Awful Tunnels" in Omaha.
Common nickname amongst drivers, but neither the city nor the railroad engineering department ever considered them tunnels.
Yes, I have heard the name "Subway" used before. Structures like this seem to be known as tunnels colloquially these days.
I've seen these sort of overpasses referred to as "subways" on occasion. That nickname (Which is common in Europe) seemed to fall out of favor due to the confusion with subway transit systems.
Some of them are locally referred to as tunnels, like two in Houston, Texas are.
I noticed both this bridge and BNSF-Madison street have a wooden and concrete railing on either side.Why is that?
The Tunnel VS. Not Tunnel debate always makes me think of this structure and its twin on Madison.
From the looks of the concrete there could be 2 more legs exposed soon Nick!
The 1941 KDOT county map shows US 50S taking a route through town but it's not clear where it crosses the river. In 1953 the bypass has been built.
So I'm guessing this was once HWY 50?
Hi Sheldon. It is good to have you back on here.
Regarding the older bridge, I suspect that the pony truss might have been brought it to replace a third stone arch span that either collapsed or was found to be unsafe for some reason. It is quite unusual to see a relatively light pony span paired with a sturdy stone arch structure.
If a third arch did collapse, then the county could have installed a pony span very quickly, especially if they had a spare one laying around in the yard.
Thank you, Luke!
Stone arch with a pony truss approach.
Great shots! I'm not as good at Pratt ponies from this era but a bit of a guess as to the builder, based on the railings: I'm guessing Massillon Bridge Co. with a mid 1880s - mid 1890s build date.
2 exposed legs 😃
And CLOSED to traffic
BEDSTEAD - pretty spot, this one is shaky, though hanging in there
Very pretty survivor this one
Polygonal Warren....love these monsters
Well, I cannot quite claim credit for the term, because I think that James came up with it. Still, it is quite appropriate.
I certainly respect that the landowner does not want the location to be posted publicly. Still, it is great that he saved the bridge from demolition.
This one replaced by UCEB - going to use Robert Elder's catchy word from now on, but by luck, friend told me her brother saved this bridge from the scrapper, and is now on his property not far away (see photo), by request did not want to share new exact location, but I visited yesterday, more likely an 1890-1910 bridge, in agreement with Robert, not a 1924
Long live Oliver R.
This bridge is lost. Replaced by a new concrete bridge in 2018.
I recall seeing a photograph of this bridge with its original concrete balustrade railings. The bridge looked beautiful with its original railings. With a nice restoration job, it could look beautiful again.
This one has been replaced
I took this video on July 22, 2018 of this bridge.
I put history about the bridge in the video.
Found a group of photos I forgot to post with visit - Feb., 2018. Old beauty, still open then.
KDOT has past county maps online. The 1987 map shows the road crossing the river, in 1998 the symbol for a gate is on either side of the river, and 2010 shows a gate on the west side and the road ends short of the river on the east.
I was researching this bridge because in 2010, I was following my AAA TripTik to take us from Independence, KS to Mansfield, MO. It took me down 3800 to a road closed sign!
I'm still wondering how AAA got it wrong!
Interesting that I can't find when the bridge disappeared.
Looks like this one replaced via sat. images