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Branch Limestone Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2018


BH Photo #418284


Pony truss bridge over Limestone Creek, 1.4 mi. west and 4.5 mi. north of Glen Elder
Mitchell County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement
Built 1905
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 88.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.56652, -98.34323   (decimal degrees)
39°33'59" N, 98°20'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/556415/4379852 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Glen Elder North
Land survey
T. 6 S., R. 9 W., Sec. 5
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
KS 000620713003600 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18146 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1905 (831)
Built during 1900s (7,811)
Doomed (1,080)
Kansas (3,280)
Mitchell County, Kansas (39)
One-lane traffic (8,052)
Open (41,256)
Owned by county (21,822)
Pin-connected (5,221)
Pony truss (17,338)
Pratt pony truss (4,057)
Pratt truss (10,654)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,577)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,960)
Truss (37,278)
Wooden deck (6,229)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2019: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement
  • February 17, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • June 19, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: fixed pin, road name and county


  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net


Branch Limestone Creek Bridge
Posted February 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Unusual to place a pony on laced columns. I wonder what the connection is like.

Branch Limestone Creek Bridge
Posted February 17, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

very easy access to this one