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Salt Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2018

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BH Photo #434735

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Salt Creek
Location
Greenwood County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Date unknown, 2 of the newer replacement pillars stamped "1951", no plaque on plate girder
Railroad
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 110.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.61690, -96.16991   (decimal degrees)
37°37'01" N, 96°10'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/749787/4167077 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82879 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2018: Updated by Jeff Wieland: Added category "St. Louis-San Francisco Railway"
  • September 18, 2018: Added by Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mike,

I agree with your theory. Railroads were very into reusing spans that still had some life left in them. In fact, this article is a very interesting read:

https://books.google.com/books?id=zRRHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA146&lpg=...

I believe I have a location where this truss could have been moved to:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/labette/bh36330/

This is also a 140' truss (the measured distance between the east abutment on this bridge and the western pier, which appears to be a former abutment). Located Labette County, the bridge was relocated there around 1953. I've found that sometimes bridge parts could be in storage for several years. I believe there is a good change that the Salt Creek Bridge could be the original location.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thinking about this....

Frisco used quite a few ~100-foot truss spans, and the stone pier on the west bank looks wide enough to support a truss. The 52-foot spans look older than 1951 but Frisco moved steel spans around quite a bit. Possibly the new piers and used spans were moved in to replace an old truss.

Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Former Frisco bridge on Carthage-Wichita line. Frisco steel bridge book says two 52-foot DPG and two 25-foot I-beams, installed in 1950. Not clear if that's the bridge or just the I-beams but the pictures look like just the I-beams.