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Labette Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in August 2016

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BH Photo #367063

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on Labette Road, 2.0 mi. north and 0.4 mi. east of Rantoul
Location
Franklin County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.9 ft.
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Also called
Turkey Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.57920, -95.09550   (decimal degrees)
38°34'45" N, 95°05'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/317467/4272164 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rantoul
Inventory numbers
KS 000301061404960 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40959 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,069)
Franklin County, Kansas (32)
Kansas (2,755)
Pony truss (15,162)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,076)
Structurally deficient (18,566)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,333)
Truss (29,741)

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 11, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 17, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is extant.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com

Comments 

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony... I visited that bridge you reference with Jim Barker a number of years ago... it definitely isn't missing pieces due to incomplete reassembly... the eyebars were cut and the heads remain dangling from the pins. So its actually a perfect comparison to the Labette Road Bridge.

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 12, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one is kinda the same way...

http://bridgehunter.com/in/monroe/stephens-creek/

But it has been so for decades, and since I know it isn't the original location I almost wonder if it was simply never completed during the move.

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That might be an explanation. I sure hate to see it happen though. Of course, unless you own the bridge, destroying it is a crime.

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I have evaluated this bridge and found it to be "a couple cans short of a six pack."

I've seen bridges like this before where random parts have been cut off. The amount of scrap money you would get is negligible. I am increasingly of the opinion that people probably remove these pieces for "redneck projects" ie shoring up the barn, fixing up the truck, legs for a table in the garage, etc.

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Scrappers perhaps?

Labette Road Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

This bridge is BARELY there - just bits and pieces - very ramshackle - to call it a bridge is pretty generous- will succumb completely very soon I'm afraid and be nothing but abutments....interesting walk down long winding road (old Labette Rd.) to get there - neat old piece of history, regardless

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted July 17, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is of unknown status no longer. The latest Google Earth imagery indicates that it is still standing.

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS page for this double span Pratt pony truss:

http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?tab=details&in=059-0000-...

Yet another Franklin County bridge of unknown status.