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Lairds Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2018


BH Photo #416995



Pony truss bridge over Lairds Creek, 0.5 mi. south and 3.6 mi. east of Parkerville
Morris County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940
Other pony truss
Span length: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75417, -96.59421   (decimal degrees)
38°45'15" N, 96°35'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/709054/4292245 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
White City
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 12
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KS 000640901004720 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39 (out of 100)
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Built during 1940s (4,151)
Kansas (3,240)
Morris County, Kansas (66)
Open (40,263)
Other pony truss (17)
Owned by county (21,234)
Pony truss (16,570)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,536)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,672)
Truss (33,896)
Wooden deck (6,102)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is reminiscent of similar paired angle bridges in Kansas and Missouri. I have long suspected that the Wayland Bridge Company of Washington, Kansas built these odd structures but I don't know that for certain.

These paired angle bridges seem to come in a variety of designs including Camelback, Queenpost, and others.

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted January 27, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bolted and welded angles. Probably a local field design.

Lairds Creek Bridge
Posted January 27, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one tons of character, with rotting planks and all, and say hi to cattle just few feet away