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Labette Road Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in August 2016


BH Photo #367063



Abandoned pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on Labette Road, 2.0 mi. north and 0.4 mi. east of Rantoul
Franklin County, Kansas
Pony truss
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:
Inventory numbers
KS 000301061404960 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40959 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/1991)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1979)


Abandoned (3,048)
Franklin County, Kansas (32)
Kansas (2,728)
Pony truss (15,080)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,004)
Structurally deficient (18,550)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,303)
Truss (29,539)

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.


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


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...


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:


Yet another Franklin County bridge of unknown status.