1 vote

Clear Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2019


BH Photo #446382



Pony truss bridge over Clear Creek, 4.1 mi. north and 1.5 mi. west of Axtell
Marshall County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 47.9 ft.
Total length: 49.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92968, -96.28666   (decimal degrees)
39°55'47" N, 96°17'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/731862/4423477 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 1 S., R. 10 E., Sec. 27
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000580931503089 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 10, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Clear Creek Bridge
Posted April 10, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has some unusual features. Most riveted Warren truss bridges (but not all) are composed of relatively simple rolled members instead of built-up members. Newer truss bridges typically have less lacing then older truss bridges. Because riveted truss bridges tend to be newer than pin connected truss bridges, they tend to have less lacing that many of the pin connected trusses.

This bridge uses built up verticals and diagonals instead of rolled members.

Furthermore, the bottom chords are also built up members with lacing.

There are roughly 4 possibilities here:

1. The build date of 1910 is (as usual) a Kansas default date - indicating that this bridge is actually older than 1910 making it a very old riveted bridge.

2. The build date of 1910 is (for a change) accurate and this bridge is a relatively early riveted truss bridge.

3. The build date of 1910 is wrong and the bridge is a relatively newer truss bridge that for some reason was built using older technology such as lacing and built up members.

4. The bridge is a (well designed) Frankenbridge, or perhaps a bridge that was built by a local firm.

Kansas seems to have more than its fair share of unusual truss bridges, including some very odd Frankenbridges. Thus, when Bridgehunting in Kansas, one has to be alert for weird and unconventional construction practices.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted April 10, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This spot is extremely remote, but incredibly beautiful, just down hill from an 1860's cemetery. Bridge is a bruiser, should last another 90 years