1 vote

Cross Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016


BH Photo #372604



Pony truss bridge over Cross Creek on a local road, 4.0 mi. south and 3.3 mi. west of Soldier
Jackson County, Kansas
Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 55.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.47785, -96.02400   (decimal degrees)
39°28'40" N, 96°01'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/755977/4374035 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Onaga NE
Land survey
T. 7 S., R. 12 E., Sec. 1
Inventory numbers
KS 000430959503720 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40968 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2017: New photo from Kevin Skow
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead pony truss", "Bedstead Pratt pony truss"
  • December 12, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status.
  • December 11, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead Pratt pony truss", "Bedstead", "Pin-connected"
  • December 10, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler


  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Cross Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Still a beauty in the trees. Will be fun to get some shots in the fall or winter with this one!

Cross Creek Bridge
Posted December 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Many of the undiscovered bridges in Kansas are probably going to be smaller bridges over smaller streams, but many of them may be highly significant. Many of the old, lightweight, trusses are quite good at hiding in the trees for decades.

Cross Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Haha Robert, no.... I have been trying to focus on previously unphotographed bridges, and also those in "unknown" status though, but really those are few and far between anymore, you knocked out many of them, and it may be just a coincidence but a few of those unphotographed and unknown turned out to be more of the historic bridges...I don't know...

Cross Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Nick:

Did your car come with a Historic Bridge Detector, or did you have to order one from Wal-Mart? I would like to get one for my car.

This is another great Bedstead. I honestly don't know how this one is still standing. I would hate to see it collapse though. Like the Negro Creek Bridge, this one was probably built ca. 1900. It could even be pre-1890 as a few Bedsteads were built in the 1880s. But, it could be as recent as ca. 1910.

Cross Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Long forgotten road to this one today - not a lot of timber left, decorative piece for the locals