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Deer Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in November 2017

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BH Photo #410558

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 2.0 mi. west of Berwick
Location
Nemaha County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1891
Builder
- Seevers Manufacturing Co. of Oskaloosa, Iowa
Design
Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 36.1 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.91584, -95.88237   (decimal degrees)
39°54'57" N, 95°52'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/253641/4422394 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bern
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
10
Inventory numbers
KS 000660975003108 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18271 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 22, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Date, Design, and Builder.
  • November 10, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 23, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Fixed creek name, edited built date.
  • July 22, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead", "George E. King Bridge Co."

Sources 

Comments 

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

And according to the link, one of only 3 known Seevers left standing in the U.S., one of only 2 still open, and it is the oldest of those. Excited.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Thank you Robert for all the research. Love the unique tapered elements of this one. And love that it is open to traffic still, albeit very light traffic, guess those work hand in hand here.....that plaque!! Wish it were still there - posted photo of it you shared with me from 1989.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke:

Nemaha County used to have a massive number of pony trusses, but very few remain. I believe very strongly that this bridge will be demolished in the immediate future if nothing is done.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have contacts at KSHS. Would anybody be interested in doing a NRHP Listing? We have to start somewhere!

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Luke

This is one of the last three Seevers spans remaining. I hope Kansas preserves it.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have just edited the KSHS PDF. This new PDF contains additional photographs of the bridge - including one of the plaque.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have edited the KHRI listing for this bridge. My edits should be visible on the public side in a few days. Any insight about the unusual features on this bridge would be welcome.

Given the high rate of bridge demolitions in the area, this one should be considered to be at an extremely high risk for demolition. This would be most unfortunate, given the unusual design and the rare features of this bridge.

In the early 1980s, this bridge was not considered eligible for the NRHP, but I would strongly support the reversal of that decision. This bridge clearly has high significance.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very unusual Bedstead with multiple unusual features. I will try to update the KHRI when I get home. This one MUST be preserved at all costs!

I would be interested to know what the experts on here think about it.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Pretty dang interesting bedstead. Most definitely need input on understanding this one better, among the more unique features are the elongated-triangular verticals and diagonal connections, narrowing at the top, could not find another one in the archives quite like it, the bent loop connections underneath seem strange, several things.....bit of a rural spot yet remains open and seems solid, could have hung around with this old thing all day

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted July 23, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good catch, anonymous.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted July 23, 2016, by Anonymous

Unnamed Creek Bridge ... across Deer Creek.

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one still exists - for now. It is a rare example of a Bedstead built by George King.

KHRI link:

http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?in=131-0000-00202