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Miami County Bridge T530


Bowstring pony truss bridge
Miami County, Kansas
Built by the Buckeye Bridge Works in 1870, demolished 2008.
- Buckeye Bridge Works of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss.
Also called
Miami County Bowstring Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.48027, -94.83163   (decimal degrees)
38°28'49" N, 94°49'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/340235/4260693 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 18 S., R. 23 E., Sec. 14
Inventory number
BH 44858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,655)
Bowstring pony truss (353)
Bowstring truss (682)
Buckeye Bridge Works (19)
Built 1870 (164)
Built during 1870s (1,328)
Kansas (3,271)
Lost (29,107)
Lost 2008 (375)
Lost during 2000s (4,421)
Miami County, Kansas (79)
Pony truss (17,083)
Truss (35,974)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added year of demolition.
  • January 24, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge removed.
  • July 28, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History. This bridge was likely built by the Buckeye Bridge Works.
  • April 13, 2010: Added by Robert Elder

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Miami County Bridge T530
Posted January 24, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Miami County Bridge T530
Posted January 24, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame. I would think that in 2008, an 1870 Bowstring truss would not be demolished. Is there a possibility that the bridge was disassembled but placed in storage?

Miami County Bridge T530
Posted January 24, 2014, by Michael Whitlatch (m333w676 [at] ku [dot] edu)

In December of 2013, I traveled to the site in hopes of finding this bridge. This bridge was of particular interest to myself as I had previously researched the Wea Creek Bridge in Topeka and my research indicated that this bridge was one of the three spans of the Pottawatomie Bridge at Paola of which the Wea Creek Bridge span was part. The three spans of the Paola bridge were disassembled and moved to three different locations in Miami County in 1906. According to the farmer I talked to when I visited the site and also whose land this bridge was on, the bridge was removed in 2008 as people were using the bridge for illegal dumping into the creek beneath it.

Miami County Bridge T530
Posted April 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


KSHS page with photograph.


This is pure speculation, but this may be one of the missing spans from the Wea Creek Bowstring Bridge now on display on the grounds of the KSHS in Topeka. If so, it would be a Buckeye Bridge Works span.

The status of the bridge is unknown.