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Meriden Rock Creek Bridge

Photos 

General View Of West Side

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #128671

Map 

Street View 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
Location
Jefferson County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca. 1880; Replaced in 1983
Builders
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Dimensions
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:
Meriden
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

Sources 

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

Comments 

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

Nathan,

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.

Regards,

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)

Tony,

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

Regards,

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.

Thoughts?

Art S.