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Labette Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #376542



Double span Pratt pony truss bridge over Labette Creek, 4.0 mi. north and 2.5 mi. west of Chetopa
Labette County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1903
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.10579, -95.15036   (decimal degrees)
37°06'21" N, 95°09'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/308922/4108771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 7
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000501057506980 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2011)
Sufficiency rating: 9.1 (out of 100)
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Built 1903 (526)
Built during 1900s (6,799)
Closed (2,571)
Kansas (3,052)
Labette County, Kansas (66)
Lally columns (299)
One-lane traffic (7,535)
Owned by county (20,054)
Pin-connected (3,697)
Pony truss (15,697)
Pratt pony truss (3,476)
Pratt truss (8,743)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,178)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,672)
Truss (31,236)
Wooden deck (6,003)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 3, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design and moved pin from the other end of the county to the bridge.


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


Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

And over here, ladies and gentlemen, we have a bridge dragging its heels...

Hard to tell on my mobile device, but it appears that perhaps the collapsed approach is partially propping up the bridge.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 21, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Looooong hike from the east down deserted county road to this double- beauty today. Falling apart on the west end, the abutment/support has slid into creek, sort of amazing that end hasn't completely collapsed. Fantastic old survivor, absolutely love it, beautiful spot.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away there was a Google Maps pin for this bridge...it has been returned to the bridge.

Google Maps indicates that this bridge is a double span, 5 panel Pratt pony truss.