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Mosquito Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016

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BH Photo #372636

Map 

Description 

Location from UglyBridges data.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over an Mosquito Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Wetmore
Location
Nemaha County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built pre 1900.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.1 ft.
Total length: 45.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.58921, -95.82667   (decimal degrees)
39°35'21" N, 95°49'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/257257/4385982 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Circleville
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 14 E., Sec. 26 and 27
Inventory numbers
KS 000660981003527 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18276 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/1994)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
10

Update Log 

  • December 13, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed bridge type and year built.
  • December 11, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead", "Bedstead Pratt pony truss", "Pin-connected", "Wrought Iron", "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
  • December 10, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 3, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Location

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 14, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The crudely built substructure this span is now resting on suggests that it was likely relocated from another location.

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1910 is the Kansas Default Date. Any bridge with an unknown date of construction seems to get listed as 1910. This issue generated a discussion with the Rocky Ford Bridge in Lyon County if I recall correctly.

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oops, I edited the wrong bridge...let me fix that...

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its not a bedstead, and it also must by simple logic date to before 1900 when WIBC was in operation (ca. 1910 is not correct).

The Drain Commission got to the only inclined endpost bedstead I've ever seen. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=mi...

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'm not seeing the vertical end posts I associate with a bedstead. It looks like the original abutment has been reinforced with piles driven to hold planks. I think the bridge probably has bearings behind the planking.

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Another neat, abandoned pony deep, deep down an abandoned road. Scenic, long walk but worth catching up to this one today.

Mosquito Creek Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, yet anothet WIBC product!