Rating:
5 votes

James Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016

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BH Photo #372610

Map 

Description 

A rare example of a pinned Warren pony truss.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over James Creek on a local road, 5.0 mi. west and 2.3 mi. north of Delia
Location
Jackson County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built in 1878 by the Milwaukee Bridge Works which would later become Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works.
Builders
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Milwaukee Bridge Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
3-panel, pinned Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.27075, -95.86815   (decimal degrees)
39°16'15" N, 95°52'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/252570/4350745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Soldier Creek SE
Inventory numbers
KS 000430977004002 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40970 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/1990)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1980)
5

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2017: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • December 13, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Built 1878.
  • December 11, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron"
  • December 10, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builders, Edited Design and Design Description.

Sources 

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

Comments 

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 31, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sadly, Tony is probably right. Hopefully they are safe somewhere.

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 31, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The plaques are likely missing now Nick. I see in pic #2 where one was on this end, not sure about the other side.

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, KSHS found a plaque with the builder, and the date (1878).

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Dang!! There's a plaque on it? Not sure how I missed that the 1st time. Just means I have to go back. Yes !!!

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, an absolute must save! Pin-connected Warren trusses are rare in general, but this one has some very unusual features, making it even more significant.

As far as I am concerned, every 1870s truss is Nationally significant.

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A "MUST" save bridge!

James Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Somehow this old bridge is still holding on even after being abandoned for decades. This one would be a great candidate for preservation on a trail somewhere in the area.

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

Got here just as the sunlight was starting to fade, but it made for a great shot. Another fun one to explore when the fall colors are out!

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS has just uploaded several photos of this bridge onto the KHRI database. Click the link in the first comment. A small plaque on the bridge gives a date of 1878.

1870s bridges don't resurface everyday...Nick has found two, perhaps three of them this year!

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan:

Thanks for the input. My changes at KHRI are currently listed as "pending".

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 12, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, looks like late 1870s Milwaukee to me. In addition to the bridge in Michigan two bridges in Wisconsin use those odd built-up beams.

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pardon the autocorrect typos...

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have just logged in to the KHRI database and updating the listing. The updates should appear on the non - user side within a day or two.

In short, I noted the rarity and high significance of this bridge, using the Michigan example as a reference.

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

Yes, looks like a miniature New Richmond Bridge to me. The outriggers just appear to be angles instead of cruciform.

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 11, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No doubt in my mind that this is a rare Milwaukee B&I pinned Warren truss! The ribbon-laced diagonal members are very distinctive and likely inclusive to that firm. I dated the structure ca.1880 based on the New Richmond Bridge having an 1879 build date.

KHS should definitely be alerted concerning the significance of this little span and it's derelict condition. Would be an easy one to move to a park or trail!

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

Nick:

I would guess that this one was built ca. 1880. It could even be an 1870s bridge, based on its highly unusual details. More specifically, the diagonal members feature ribbon lacing as well as rare iron tubes. Pin - connected Warren trusses in general tend to be older trusses.

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

All sorted out on photos. Apologies for mix-up....guess on the date of the bridge, all things considered?

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

Yep....I screwed that up a bit, hang on I will sort it all out and correct, thanks for heads up

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

Hmmmm.....let me check Robert - thought I had all these sorted out....visited 8 previously unphotographed bridges today....

James Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This does look like it might well be the same design as the New Richmond Bridge in Michigan... Nathan might be the best one to confirm this.

Do you have more pics Nick? Looks like some of the Cross Creek Bridge pics got mixed in here.

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

Found this little guy today. Posted pin is incorrect - needs to be scooted down under the little fork in the road. Road N of the fork is unreachable and cut off from this dilapidated pony and from overgrowth. Cute old thing - neat survivor.

James Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

New Google imagery still does not indicate status one way or the other. If the bridge ran N-S, it may be hiding in the trees. This is/was a very bizarre and unusual Warren pony bedstead.

James Creek Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)