37 votes

Fort Leavenworth Bridge


The Great Kansas and Missouri Bridge

From the 15 March 1873 issue of Scientific American.

Scan taken by Mark Frazier in February 2012


BH Photo #225541



Built 1872 as a railroad and highway bridge; converted to highway only between 1893-1909; pedestrian only 1909-1913. Fire destroyed floor in 1904, another fire damaged bridge in 1913. It was seized by the War Department in 1917 for the (WWI) war effort and made a vehicular bridge. Carried vehicles until April 2, 1955. Replaced by the Leavenworth Centennial Bridge. (summarized from: Leavenworth Times, "One by One the Landmarks Go," 16 December 1962, p. 6)


Lost Post through truss bridge over Missouri River
Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and Platte County, Missouri
Built 1871; Burned and abandoned 1913 , Converted to road 1917
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Triple span Post through truss
Also called
Kansas & Missouri Iron Bridge
RI - Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Great Kansas & Missouri Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.34589, -94.91053   (decimal degrees)
39°20'45" N, 94°54'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/335365/4356901 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48873 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added category "American Bridge Works"
  • March 13, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • March 12, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • February 19, 2012: New photo from Mark Frazier
  • June 7, 2011: Added by Robert Elder



Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Matt is correct - the Half Star Bandit is real. (S)he likes to assign 1/2 star ratings to many bridges for which I have added photographs. Many of them are very significant truss bridges, for which(S)he is the first voter. This happened with the Stillwater Lift Bridge in Minnesota/Wisconsin.

Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Matt Lohry

I have to agree with Robert & Molly--I've seen more than enough ratings of 1/2 star from just one vote for bridges that obviously rate at least 4 stars, if not all five!! I think that their comments below were left when the rating was just half a star from one voter. The subsequent three were left somewhere between those comments and these. As such, I think that the "Half-star Bandit" is indeed at large.

Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 7, 2011, by Bill McGann

Isn't the rating cumulative? If someone rates it 4 and someone else rates it 3 then it averages to 3 1/2? Maybe there is no "Half Star Bandit", but simply someone rating the bridge lower than the last person and dragging the rating down?

Maybe the site owner can verify this?

Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 7, 2011, by Molly Hill

HSB must be some uneducated jerk living in his mamma's basement. He needs to go back to throwing ketchups in the road and watching cars run over them....


If you can't appreciate history, stay off this site!

Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, the Half-Star Bandit just could not wait to slam this 1871 Triple Span Post through truss. Way to go HSB - I think you really outdid yourself this time!

Fort Leavenworth Bridge
Posted June 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)