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Meriden Rock Creek Bridge


General View Of West Side

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #128671


Street View 


Google Earth Imagery suggests this bridge was replaced by a UCEB, most likely in the 1990's or late 1980's.


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
Jefferson County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1880; Replaced in 1983
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Span length: 53.3 ft.
Total length: 53.3 ft.
Deck width: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19740, -95.55235   (decimal degrees)
39°11'51" N, 95°33'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/279588/4341786 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 10 S., R. 17 E., Sec. 7
Inventory number
BH 38232 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2019: Updated by Art Suckewer: Changed builder based on characteristics
  • November 30, 2008: Oops, bridge should be in Kansas instead of Missouri
  • November 26, 2008: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER KS-2 - Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Zach Elliott


Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


This is why I have started poking at the rolled arch bowstrings. Morrison seemed to follow Whipple's original concept with the segmented straight line sectioned bow; using rolled members instead of Whipple's cast ones. As far as I can tell, this is unique to Morrison.

This bridge's connections seem to match those of Mallaham http://bridgehunter.com/oh/putnam/6932509/ which is of unquestioned provenance.

Morrison did not seem to favor cruciform or star iron members whereas Missouri and King did.

My interpretation of HAER is this one is likely a CBW erected in April/May 1871 with Miller and Jameson and Company either erecting the 'kit' or acting as agent.

Also, this is the only early bridge attributed to Missouri Valley without a built up top chord. HAER refers to plans for a bridge over "Hooers Creek in Jefferson county" that I have not seen but it seems to imply the difference being the angles at the panel points (continuous arch on the 'Hooers Creek' design?).

What I still don't know is which companies made continuous arch (not segmented like this one and Mallahan) rolled (not built up) member bowstrings such Melock Hill http://bridgehunter.com/in/switzerland/melock-hill/ and Siloam Springs http://bridgehunter.com/il/adams/bh53514/ as there are just as many attributed to King as CBW and even more that are unattributed.


Art S.

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Also note this is a HAER documented bridge and they did substantial research and did not uncover a connection to Columbia.

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 21, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

He would likely tell you the same thing I did.

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


So are you going to pester Jim with a call for his opinion or shall I :^)


Art S.

PS. I think it matches to Morrison patent.

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Given the top chord alone I would be inclined to think that as well Art. It doesn't match the 2 surviving examples from MVB&I, but they were building bridges in the early 1870's and could have certainly had an earlier design for a bowstring.

Indiana bridge historian Jim Cooper (An amazing researcher of county records) taught me it is best not to note a builder unless you have proof. In this case I would rather see it left blank than be documented incorrectly.

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I'm almost certain that this is Columbia Bridge Works not Missouri Valley.


Art S.