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Cedar Creek-King Rd. Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler


BH Photo #367430



Abandoned pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on King Road (Abandoned)
Jefferson County, Kansas
Pinned Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.34215, -95.54477   (decimal degrees)
39°20'32" N, 95°32'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/280694/4357835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Holton SE
Inventory number
BH 71960 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,197)
Abandoned (3,478)
Built during 1880s (1,911)
Cruciform Outriggers (22)
Jefferson County, Kansas (45)
Kansas (3,168)
Pin-connected (3,814)
Pony truss (15,904)
Pratt pony truss (3,544)
Pratt truss (9,019)
Truss (31,954)

Update Log 

  • March 5, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • October 14, 2016: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • April 25, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Cedar Creek-King Rd. Bridge
Posted March 5, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is one of a few bridges in Kansas and Missouri that combine rolled verticals with cruciform outriggers.

A slightly larger example in Atchison County has cast iron bearing shoes.


This bridge does not have the bearing shoes.

Cedar Creek-King Rd. Bridge
Posted March 5, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

re-visit this weekend, This time approaching from south side, got a much better view and of course this time of year with the leaves being down many more elements exposed

Cedar Creek-King Rd. Bridge
Posted February 10, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


At first I thought that this bridge might be the same one that just appeared on the Facebook page. It is a very similar design if not identical.

Then I realized this one has no deck. Thus, we now have two of these bridges in Jefferson County. I really want to know where the other one is.

I still think that there's a chance that these two bridges could date back to the 1870s because they are so lightweight, they have cruciform outriggers, and they have those cloven hip verticals. (That is my term, not an official term).

It would be awesome if Jefferson County had three 1870s truss bridges including the bowstring in Oskaloosa. I can't say for certain that these two bridges date back to the 1870s but they certainly look very old to me.

Now that my schedule has gotten a bit less busy, perhaps I can get back to trying to save some bridges.

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted October 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The cruciform outriggers were a common feature on bridges that date from the 1870s and 1880s. They were often found on pony trusses such as this one, and on Bowstring bridges as well. This particular bridge has a resemblance to the Grasshopper Creek Bridge in Atchison County:


I have only visited the Atchison County bridge once - a quick visit right at sunset. Nathan Holth with historicbridges.org has visited it more recently that I have, and he was able to do a full documentation of it. Ignore the construction date of 1907 on the Atchison County bridge. It probably represents a rehab date.

Both of these bridges have cruciform outriggers, and they both use rolled members for most of the verticals. The hip verticals on both bridges are paired eyebars.

I would say that this bridge likely dates from about 1880 to perhaps 1885. That being said, a late 1870s construction date is not out of the question. The concrete pylons are obviously a newer addition.

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted October 14, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Oh wow that's very cool - 1880's ? Awesome - goes in my top 7 or 8 oldest- finds so far. I will try to get back when foliage is gone to look for a plaque and take more photos - this was about 6 weeks ago with son - we were both ravaged by ticks and poison ivy after this find....all part of the treasure hunt!!

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted October 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! This is a very old and very lightweight bridge with cruciform outriggers! I am going to estimate that it was built ca. 1880, possibly by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works. This is an awesome find! Champaign is warranted!

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted October 14, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Got to this one with my son but it was very difficult, parked on the North End of King Road and walked on what is now private property King Road to the South, received permission from landowners, followed Creek until we found the old bridge, in quite poor condition, many pieces missing, the area is very overgrown very difficult to get even this one photo. Still a fun search and glad to see this thing is surviving of

sorts.... uncork the champagne Robert!!

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by Robert Elder

Thanks a lot. I will try to keep the Champagne corked until I know for certain what we have here.

Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice find!!