2 votes

Elm Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #374955



Abandoned through truss bridge over Elm Creek on County Road 330
Lyon County, Kansas
Pinned Pratt through truss with 6 panels
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63740, -95.99804   (decimal degrees)
38°38'15" N, 95°59'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/239047/4280804 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 53166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,682)
Kansas (3,195)
Lyon County, Kansas (156)
Owned privately (1,744)
Pin-connected (3,920)
Pratt through truss (5,423)
Pratt truss (9,344)
Through truss (15,173)
Truss (32,953)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design Description
  • January 2, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 14, 2012: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


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

Excellent. It is good that you were able to get their blessing to enter. Looks like a 6 panel pin-connected Pratt through truss. I would guess that it was built ca. 1900.

The stone abutment on this one are especially nice.

Elm Creek Bridge
Posted January 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Communicated with locals to visit this one today - gorgeous spot, awesome old Pratt, love the curved abutments, great KS survivor

Elm Creek Bridge
Posted November 14, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I tried to visit this bridge last month. The road is now gated and is private. Although the gates were open, I did not enter as I did not have permission from the landowner.

Elm Creek Bridge
Posted August 14, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My Abandoned Truss Detector is sounding the alarm again.

This bridge does not appear in the NBI nor in the KSHS listings.

From the aerial imagery, it appears to be a lightweight through truss, with probably 6 panels. It is most likely of the Pratt configuration, though a field check is needed to determine that. No portal details are visible in Google Earth.

This bridge should be relatively easy to access for a field check. I will be putting it on my list.