This is a pin connected, Pratt through truss consisting of at least nine panels. This photo was taken looking south from the new bridge.
Photo taken by Robert Elder in May 2004
BH Photo #111590
Written by Robert Elder
This bridge remains the only remaining Columbia Bridge Works bridge west of the Wabash River that is listed on Bridgehunter. It is possible that there are less than 15 extant CBW structures nationwide. No other CBW structure listed on this site features both a through and pony span. This bridge is of particular significance and should receive high priority for restoration and maintenance.
Now that additional photographs have been added to this page, I have a few random thoughts about the Columbia Bridge.
First, I am glad to see that the portal bracing is intact. This is a feature that often gets damaged. This style of portal bracing is also found on CBW structures built between 1877 and 1882 in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
The bridge has a unique combination of one pony truss (probably a Pratt), one Pratt through truss, and a steel stringer. I can't help but wonder if the bridge was once a triple span, and the stringer section replaced a pony truss. The main span rests on Lally columns. If these are original, they probably represent an early use of this technology.
I am assuming that the bridge once featured the open letter plaques associated with the Columbia Bridge Works. I am hoping that they are in storage, or in a museum somewhere and not lost.
For now, we should be thankful that this bridge has never met a cutting torch. However, the trees growing up around this bridge are of great concern. I consider this bridge to be in danger if not maintained.
- Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on what appears to be a former alignment of Labette Road.
- Franklin County, Kansas
- Built in 1880 by the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio. Bypassed in 1980, but never removed. Collapsed 2010.
- - Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
- Pratt through truss
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +38.57929, -95.15064 (decimal degrees)
38°34'45" N, 95°09'02" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/312664/4272284 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 36236 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 13, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History to reflect that this bridge has collapsed.
- April 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added "Cast iron" to categories as this bridge appears to have at least some cast iron elements (portal decorations).
- April 7, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added "Lally columns" to Categories
- April 6, 2010: Essay added by Robert Elder
- April 5, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
- January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates - moved the balloon to the correct abandoned road.
- January 22, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History - bridge was bypassed in 1980.
- December 1, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview to reflect that the bridge is in Imes Kansas, near the town of Peoria.
- July 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories. Bridge is almost certainly constructed of wrought iron, considering the construction date of 1880.
- December 10, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
- November 20, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builder. Bridge was built by the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio.
- July 30, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories.
- February 8, 2008: Added by Robert Elder
- Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com