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Deer Creek-Old Queens Rd. Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #376557



Abandoned pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on Queens Road (Abandoned)
Labette County, Kansas
4-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.13347, -95.23055   (decimal degrees)
37°08'00" N, 95°13'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/301867/4112007 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 73059 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,569)
Abandoned (3,652)
Built during 1890s (2,983)
Deck removed (43)
Kansas (3,192)
Labette County, Kansas (67)
Pin-connected (3,902)
Pony truss (16,187)
Pratt pony truss (3,638)
Pratt truss (9,302)
Truss (32,805)

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Deck removed"
  • March 21, 2017: New photos from Courtney Carlson
  • January 21, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 3, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


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


Deer Creek-Old Queens Rd. Bridge
Posted July 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That Bracket Bridge Co. structure does seem to have a somewhat similar railing design, yet the verticals look more traditional than the ones on this bridge.

I am suspecting that this little pony truss is pre-1900, and possibly even pre-1890 based on some of its components which appear to be non-standardized.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is indeed an Oddball! I've not seen verticals quite like this before, some of Smith/Toledo Bridge Company's ponies from the 1880's and 1890's probably come the closest. Those inriggers seem way too big and I would assume that likely the ones on the other side were damages and removed. And the only one I can remember that had pole railings that went through the endposts and also through a plate on the verticals is the 1892 Brackett B.C. through truss span of this bridge:


Deer Creek Bridge
Posted July 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, I just noticed the photos provided by Ms. Carlson.

This is truly an oddball. Or, put more politely, it has many unusual features which makes it an absolutely fascinating little bridge.

One side of the bridge features inriggers. I am assuming that they were present on the other side of the bridge as well that got removed some point.

Perhaps an even more obvious feature of this bridge is the unusual verticals. Instead of having lacing between the verticals, they feature plates which act as spacers.

Oddly enough, the bizarre railings on the bridge, if you can call them railings, are ran right through those plates. Unusual vertical numbers help to support the railings.

One could potentially find some additional unusual features of this bridge upon close inspection.

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

And once again, Nick has gone the extra mile, both literally and figuratively.

This bridge has some interesting vertical members. Looks like they are built up with battens.

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

Found this one today, I don't know, looks pretty solid to me at least for the time being, another pretty little spot, they all seem to be...little tricky getting to this one, just in terms of navigating the opened and closed roads in that area....

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

Well, I can't quite claim it as my own, but it certainly describes what is going on in parts of Kansas. I am just thankful that these bridges were not just demolished for no reason. That at least buys them some time until gravity or flooding takes its toll. Welcome to Bridgehunting in Kansas...

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think you've just coined a new term Robert...

"Rust in Peace"

Of course I think we would all agree this isn't the course we would prefer for these abandoned Gems!

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

This bridge does not appear in either the NBI or the KHRI database. It is a very lightweight 4 panel pony truss.

Sometimes, Kansas demolishes truss bridges even when they are not in the way of their replacements. At other times, Kansas just lets its trusses rust in peace. This one has been doing just that for many years. Like all abandoned bridges, it will eventually collapse.