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Neosho Rapids Bridge


Looking east.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in July 2003


BH Photo #111527

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Neosho River, 0.5 mi. west of Neosho Rapids
Lyon County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1940
- C.J. McCoy Construction Co. of Emporia, Kansas
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 473.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36774, -96.00194   (decimal degrees)
38°22'04" N, 96°00'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/761929/4250873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Emporia SE
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000560350 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18001 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 14, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 13, 2019: Updated by Luke: Builder
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 5, 2016: New photos from Ron Reber
  • September 27, 2014: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • July 18, 2010: New photos from David Backlin
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 7, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Ron Reber
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Neosho Rapids Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Luke
Neosho River Bridge
Posted September 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The underside of this bridge is quite interesting. The bottom chord changes from a battened design to a laced design. This bridge does not have a tremendous amount of lacing, but it has a fair amount for a bridge that was built in 1940. Lacing was being phased out in the decades leading up to the construction of this bridge.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted September 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited yesterday - very tough to get this all in one frame underneath - a beast

Neosho River Bridge
Posted December 19, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the clarification. I have edited the KHRI listing to indicate that this is the last remaining example of its type in Kansas. There used to be several examples, but they have been demolished in recent years. The Neosho River used to have quite a population of them.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted December 19, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's continuous in that there is no break in the load path from one end to the other. Since some of the upper members are in tension cantilever is also correct.

This seems to be the last existing cantilever of this type in KS. It ought to be the focus preservation efforts.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted December 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS seems to consider this one to be a continuous through truss. Engineers, what do you think? Is this a true cantilever?