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Big Bull Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2016

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BH Photo #368437

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned triple span pony truss bridge over Big Bull Creek on Harmony Road/North Iron Street
Location
Miami County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Design
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58306, -94.87983   (decimal degrees)
38°34'59" N, 94°52'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/336264/4272185 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paola West
Land survey
T. 17 S., R. 23 E., Sec 09
Inventory number
BH 54899 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Description.
  • October 22, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 24, 2014: Updated by Robert Elder: This is a triple span pony truss, not a through truss.
  • December 13, 2012: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is extremely unique and I haven't seen another quite like it! The verts and diagonals appear to be paired angles...rigid but light. The upper chord is really bizarre and appears to be at least 2 angles and possibly a piece of flat stock used to make a "Z" channel.

This one needs to find it's way into a park in Payola before it is lost!

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2016, by Dana And Kay Klein (danakchert [at] verizon [dot] net)

Nick you certainly have taken the road less travelled! Hope the journey was fun thanks for sharing and HAPPY BRIDGEHUNTING!

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted October 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very interesting bridge. It is very lightweight with tiny gusset plates.

Sadly, it is also in danger of collapse. Such is the case with so many abandoned bridges.

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted October 22, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited today with my wife, via permission from Pearl St. business owner. A beauty, will never forget this hunt

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pint - sized inriggers! I like it!

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup, I think you are correct Mr. Elder! But it's the pint-sized ones like we have here in the Hoosier State... Not them big crazy looking ones like they have North of here! ;-)

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on the KHRI image, I think that this one has inriggers as well.

It is an interesting little bridge overall.

Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Big Bull Creek Bridge
Posted December 14, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Let's hope so. If you are able to obtain access, it would be great to have pictures on here.