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Turkey Creek Bridge


Long-approach, deck intact, 30' elevation over Turkey Creek

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016


BH Photo #374696



Pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek, 0.5 mi. south and 8.0 mi. west of Bern
Nemaha County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built pre 1900.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 79.1 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95500, -96.12500   (decimal degrees)
39°57'18" N, 96°07'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/745588/4426721 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Seneca NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
KS 000660949103062 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18250 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 29, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Wrought Iron", "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
  • December 29, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler


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


Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I used to bypass some ponies en route to through trusses, but in truth, many ponies are quite significant. There is an incredible amount of diversity among the local pony spans.

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Would agree Robert. As of late, do get a kick out of trying to hunt down specifically previously unphotographed bridges - the vast majority of those are pony truss but that is because there are SO many ponies in Kansas... also, I quickly got the thought out of my head that "oh, its just another pony to hunt down" because each one, and EVERY abandoned pony, seems to be so incredibly unique in its own weird way

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is a nice representative of the hundreds (literally) of pony trusses that could be found in Northeast Kansas (ie, North of the Kaw and East of the Big Blue) only a couple decades ago. For that matter, northern Missouri and Souuthern Nebraska has quite a population of them as well, I just did not get to spend as much time there. These little bridges are quickly being replaced. Yet, a few have been allowed to rust in peace.

I am glad that someone else is getting to experience the fun of finding these old beauties. Kansas seems to have some "weird" bridges - and I mean that in a nice way. Some of our bridges are of rare design (ie, the Pegram trusses), some are truly unique (ie, the Onion Creek Bridge near Coffeyville), and others are just plain puzzling (ie, the Asylum Bridge in Osawatomie). Of course, we also have some like this one - a standard looking, but very old bridge.

This was a fun area for a Bridgehunter to grow up in. I am glad that there is more to discover. I never expected anything like the Clarks Creek Bridge...

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow! Another great Wrought Iron Bridge Company product! Looks like Nemaha County must have used this company regularly.

Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Neat one today - messy abandoned road to this one, still accessible from both sides, beautiful spot