2 votes

Iron Street Bridge


Looking south

Photo taken by Clark Vance in October 2013


BH Photo #267826



This bridge has outriggers that appear to hold a center beam suggesting a steel interior similar to a bedstead pony truss.


Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tributary to Bull Creek on Iron Street
Paola, Miami County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Concrete through girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.58102, -94.87950   (decimal degrees)
38°34'52" N, 94°52'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/336288/4271958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paola West
Inventory number
BH 58293 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Concrete girder (1,040)
Girder (10,729)
Kansas (3,240)
Miami County, Kansas (79)
Open (40,257)
Owned by city (5,768)
Paola, Kansas (5)
Through girder (4,018)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2013: New photos from Clark Vance
  • October 5, 2013: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It sure looks like the interior steel is angles. Whether it's an encased truss or they just improvised for the rebar will take some more investigating. Not easily seen in the photos are the four threaded pipe ends sticking up at the ends of the top of the concrete. It's tall enough that I don't see the point of attaching a rail and lights in this remote place don't make sense.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Could be the encasement of a lightweight girder. However, I can't help but wonder if someone encased one of these style trusses... they were lightweight after all and a desire to strengthen at a later date would not be a suprise...


Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Pure chance. I was headed to the Big Bull Creek bridge (heavily posted, no one home). I stopped to look at the unusually high walls on this one and saw the outriggers. Quite a surprise.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 6, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Awesome discovery! It's the kind of bridge that just screams for a return visit in the winter to crawl underneath and poke around.

Iron Street Bridge
Posted October 6, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Soliciting comments here. This is the first time I've seen a bridge with this type of construction. Anyone seen something similar?