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Black Vermillion River Bridge

Photos 

Very cool bridge, caught her right at dusk

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016

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BH Photo #374742

Map 

Description 

This bridge appears to be on private property. As a courtesy to the landowner, please do not attempt to visit without permission. Landowner information will not be disseminated through this website.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Black Vermillion River on Wildcat Road (Abandoned)
Location
Marshall County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.66777, -96.45400   (decimal degrees)
39°40'04" N, 96°27'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/718388/4393982 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankfort
Inventory number
BH 73528 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,047)
Kansas (2,728)
Marshall County, Kansas (97)
Owned privately (1,307)
Pratt through truss (4,622)
Pratt truss (8,066)
Through truss (12,945)
Truss (29,539)
Wrought Iron (367)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (286)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Wrought Iron", "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
  • December 29, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 9, 2016: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now that I look closer, I think that at least one endpost is hanging in mid air. I have seen a few three-legged bridges, but this one is really in a precarious position.

The hanging endpost appears to have the threaded nut connections associated with the WIBC.

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan:

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure if steel could do this. I have suspected that these loop forged eyebars were wrought iron, and the upset ones were more likely to be steel. I began to suspect this after seeing both types together on ca. 1890 - 1900 bridges. I appreciate the confirmation.

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert: Both wrought iron and steel can bend significantly. If the eyebars are forged eyes (not upset) they are likely wrought iron.

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Yeah this one defies some scientific principles for sure - just barely got to her before sunset - agree, an awesome setting, would love to see an old map when it was open - "roads" leading to on both sides completely unrecognizable

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, this is interesting. I am thinking that these eyebars must be wrought iron. Would steel be this flexible? Those bottom chords appear to have bent without breaking. Not having visited, it appears to me that the endposts much have "touched down" and are now in the dirt. Crazy!

These sunset photos are gorgeous!

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Never seen a partial collapse like this before. That it is still "standing" defies physics. Upon what are the endposts resting now? The whole bridge appears to have dropped and shifted such that the bottom chord is wrapped around the top of the bent!

It appears to be another Wrought Iron Bridge Co. product.

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Followed river bank adjacent to property line off 19th Terr. west all the way to this ol beauty, right at dusk. Will never forget being with this one - in awe, really beautiful

Black Vermillion River Bridge
Posted September 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appears to be owned privately, so please obtain permission if you wish to visit.