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Middle Creek Bridge

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Middle Creek Bridge

East and south side of bridge, looking west

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2016

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BH Photo #366152

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over Middle Creek, 2.9 mi. north and 2.5 mi. east of Princeton
Location
Franklin County, Kansas
Status
Long abandoned with deck removed
History
Built 1908
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 115.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.53535, -95.22243   (decimal degrees)
38°32'07" N, 95°13'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/306292/4267556 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Peoria
Land survey
T. 17 S., R. 20 E., Sec. 32
Inventory numbers
KS 000301047505021 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17732 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
5

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge has been "found" again.
  • September 27, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 18, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

You bet - a fun trip. Slight mistake in my comment below, the last part of the last sentence should read "the EAST entryway off rugged Jackson Road...."

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is great news. This is an interesting pony truss. Looks like it for a bit distorted by a falling tree. Thanks for venturing out there to find it.

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Yes, bridge is back. I had followed a dropped pin on the last known location a few months ago, at some point the dropped pin was changed and I followed it again today ( Sept. 27, 2016) and found the bridge and it's correct location with the correct pin. A real survivor, but man getting to it was brutal - the west side entryway, Jackson Rd just east of Ottawa Airport, is chained off, the west entryway off rugged Jackson Rd in s crop field is a looooong hike, but worth it!!

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did this bridge come back...minus the railings...?

I see some inriggers...

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A real shame...This was a nice pony with extended railings.

Middle Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. I have edited the page.

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

KSHS page for this bridge:

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

Status remains unknown.