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Unnamed Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017

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BH Photo #412455

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.3 mi. south and 5.0 mi. west of Centralia
Location
Nemaha County, Kansas
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built ca. 1910
Design
Queenpost pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 43.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.69333, -96.22167   (decimal degrees)
39°41'36" N, 96°13'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/738232/4397411 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Centralia
Land survey
T. 4 S., R. 11 E., Sec. 19
Inventory numbers
KS 000660939003423 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
10

Categories 

Built during 1910s (8,805)
Closed (2,443)
Kansas (2,729)
Nemaha County, Kansas (110)
One-lane traffic (7,433)
Owned by county (18,921)
Pin-connected (3,301)
Pony truss (15,084)
Queenpost truss (214)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,737)
Structurally deficient (18,551)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,933)
Truss (29,550)
Wooden deck (5,873)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed
  • December 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 2, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

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

Comments 

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Status does need to changed to "closed" - If you didn't know better you would head in that direction and look at the map and like to cross there, which is very much not possible with road closed on both ends

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a nice find. I think that there might be an iron brand on the top chord and endpost. Clearly it is pin-connected, but it might be wrought iron as well.

Based on the overall appearance, I would guess that this one was built sometime between 1880 and 1910, and very possibly between 1890 and 1900. It does not look like an 1870s bridge to me, but I doubt that it would be much newer than 1900 either. If I had to guess at one decade, I would say the 1890s are a reasonably safe bet.

The abutments are clearly newer than the bridge. Either they were replaced at sometime or the bridge was moved here.

Any pin-connected bridge has historic significance, and this one is no exception. It deserves preservation just as much as a large through truss from the same era.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted December 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Did not continue south on walk, other Unnamed C.B on same road listed for Nemaha may just be over hill to south but did not check, only access is from north end of B now

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted December 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Nice Kingpost, very much NOT OPEN to traffic, can only access B Rd. now from north, road is cut off and closed. Couple interesting features on this. Looks like still used by nearby landowner.