1 vote

Elm Branch Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2016


BH Photo #378321



Pony truss bridge over Elm Branch on W. 351st St.
Miami County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1915
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 50.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.49064, -94.81619   (decimal degrees)
38°29'26" N, 94°48'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/341605/4261817 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000611091605080 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1915 (1,234)
Built during 1910s (9,711)
Closed (2,683)
Kansas (3,202)
Miami County, Kansas (79)
One-lane traffic (7,618)
Owned by county (20,943)
Pony truss (16,312)
Pratt pony truss (3,670)
Pratt truss (9,395)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,738)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,326)
Truss (33,136)
Wooden deck (6,086)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2020: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 9, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 16, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge location and crossing updated.



Elm Branch Bridge
Posted November 21, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Re-visit today - agree with comments of last person that posted on this little bridge this year - purple paint all over the path now from this tiny bridge directly west to the big abandoned thru-truss over the Marais des Cygnes

Elm Branch Bridge
Posted April 19, 2020, by Mike Hysom (mhysom1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is closed and missing some planks, but is still actually passable with motorcycle or avt. I wouldn't suggest it though. @advtravelproject

Elm Branch Bridge
Posted February 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is one of those 4 panel pony trusses which is commonly classified as a Pratt pony. Others might suggest that it follows the Warren configuration however.

Elm Branch Bridge
Posted February 9, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one very much not open - forgotten I had visited on October '16 and took some pix. Neat little pony.