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Unnamed Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in August 2018

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BH Photo #434817

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 1.0 mi. east and 2.7 mi. south of Mankato
Location
Jewell County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1892
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.1 ft.
Total length: 34.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76473, -98.18832   (decimal degrees)
39°45'53" N, 98°11'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/569522/4401959 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mankato
Land survey
T. 3 S., R. 8 W., Sec. 26
Inventory numbers
KS 000450731003347 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17864 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,448)
Built 1892 (196)
Built during 1890s (2,589)
Jewell County, Kansas (69)
Kansas (2,860)
Open (37,448)
Owned by county (19,087)
Pony truss (15,230)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,207)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,219)
Truss (29,966)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 16, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin - but not completely sure this is the right bridge.

Sources 

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

Comments 

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 19, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This county map shows the old rail line and can help you locate at least three crossings still visible from above.

http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/bureaus/burTransPlan...

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 19, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

On further satellite inspection, there is a short-length wooden train bridge to the south and east of the camp-approach road in the middle of that field over the creek on an old line that looks like it would have curved to the north and west and connected to the giant wooden tussle that still remains in shambles (see photos)

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 19, 2018, by Don Morrison

Hmmmm...

If you use Google Earth 1991 imagery, the old ROW is still visible and there does appear to be a trestle there.

Problem is that using Google Earth's ruler tool suggests that this is 1.35 miles south of Hwy 36 and the description is 2.7 miles south 1 mile East of Mankato.

I might suggest 39.745156, -98.175749 as the location of the bridge on this page, but I'm uncertain. 1991 imagery isn't that great, but it may be a pony. 2018 imagery looks like a culvert.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Certainly an uncertain relation......

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There are two Missouri Pacific trestles east and south of here. I don't see any historic references showing a crossing at this location although there clearly is one.

Additionally, this may be the former location of the county "Poor Farm" as the nearby cemetery is named the Poor Farm Cemetery.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Awesome field work as ALWAYS, Nick. Thanks

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Drove all around this property - it is a camp, with 2 small fairly-recrntly-made creek crossing bridges, and the shambles of a very old and gigantic wooden RR bridge which shows up on satellite very much looking like a pony of some sort, but is not. If this is not the Unnamed Creek Bridge correctly assigned to this listing I am not exactly sure where on this property it might be

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted August 17, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Would that be like "In Search Of Schrodinger's Bridge"?

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

Good one!

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted August 17, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Until you actually read the comment you can't know....

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You betcha!

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is there a Physics joke associated with that statement Robert?

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Werner Heisenberg may, or may not, have crossed this bridge. Likewise this pin may, or may not be on the correct bridge. I found a pony truss in the general location indicated by the NBI.