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Old Katy Bridge


This bridge is a six panel, pin connected, Pratt through truss. The bridge has been converted from rail to vehicle use.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in July 2003


BH Photo #111525



Through truss bridge over Lyon Creek on Otter Creek Road, just southeast of Wreford
Geary County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1895 by the Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. Abutments rehabilitated in 1908 and 1913. Opened to vehicular traffic in 1974.
- Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 140.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 25.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003
Also called
MKT Lyon Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95485, -96.84622   (decimal degrees)
38°57'17" N, 96°50'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/686627/4313972 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 03000370 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000310873604441 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17749 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2020: New photos from James McCray
  • March 10, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 29, 2013: New photos from Robert Elder
  • March 1, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • February 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Rail-to-road to Categories.
  • November 15, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Year Built and History. Bridge was built in 1895, not 1913.
  • October 24, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories
  • February 7, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Old Katy Bridge
Posted April 29, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited this bridge in April of 2013. It is another historic bridge preservation success story in Geary County.

Old Katy Bridge
Posted March 11, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS has added new photographs of this bridge to their database. I was unaware that this bridge had a plaque until this update. The plaque is mounted at the bottom of the truss - rather unusual.