Rating:
2 votes

Elk Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2017

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BH Photo #398275

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Elk Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 2.5 mi. west of Erie
Location
Neosho County, Kansas
Status
Closed to traffic
History
Likely built ca. 1880-1890.
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 137.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Also called
Canville Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.58651, -95.29750   (decimal degrees)
37°35'11" N, 95°17'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/297144/4162420 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shaw
Land survey
T. 28 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 26
Inventory numbers
KS 000671041406320 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18293 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 15.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
20

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories - and removed Kansas Default Date of ca. 1910.
  • July 27, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

  • Nick Schmiedeler
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KSHS PDF

Comments 

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, and exceptionally rare. I had looked at aerial imagery of this bridge and to be honest I thought it looked like a through truss. Of course, I thought my eyes were just playing tricks on me as this thing is only 62 ft long. I guess I should have trusted my eyes.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

4-panel Pratt's are really cool!

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ah, ha! I just found this one in the KHRI Database. Somehow it had escaped my detection. See the attached KSHS PDF.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also, this bridge is very likely constructed of wrought iron, as opposed to steel. It could also be a combination of the two.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a great find! This is one of the smallest through trusses I have seen.

Despite the Kansas Default Date of ca. 1910, I would guess that this one was built ca. 1880-1890. I doubt that it would be much older, or newer, than that range.

Elk Creek Bridge
Posted July 27, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Actually a through truss, very small, at this location. Rocked off right now, (as opposed to blocked off?)... neat old thing, some damage on the sides, I'

this one deserves to be saved