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Tennessee Creek Bridge


Tennessee Creek Bridge, looking west, morning of 12/29/2016

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016


BH Photo #374481



Pony truss bridge over Tennessee Creek, 4.5 mi. north and 2.5 mi. west of Kelly
Nemaha County, Kansas
Built pre - 1900.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 59.0 ft.
Total length: 128.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80500, -96.05333   (decimal degrees)
39°48'18" N, 96°03'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/752260/4410269 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
KS 000660957003265 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18248 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed the Kansas Default Date of 1910 to pre - 1900.
  • December 29, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler


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


Tennessee Creek Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nick that first shot in morning sun REALLY captures bridgehunting, thanks for making the journey.

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

Another great find! This one appears to be a Wrought Iron Bridge Company product based on the endpost/diagonals connections. I have removed the Kansas Default Date from ca. 1910 and changed it to pre-1900. This one could very possibly be pre-1890 however.

If you visit this one, make sure you look the other way if you need to sneeze. I don't know how much longer it can hold out...

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

Fun one - as with so many, down long- abandoned road, this one south of 136th. Interesting bridge- utilization- extension project on south side at some point, long-since failed. Pretty area.