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Neosho River-Old Udall Rd. Bridge


This abandoned ten panel, pin connected Parker through truss is located within the confines of the Neosho State Waterfowl Management Area. Information about the Management Area, including open and closed areas is available at the main entrance southeast of St. Paul, KS.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2002


BH Photo #111542



Abandoned Parker through truss bridge over Neosho River
Neosho County, Kansas
- A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri (Likely Fabricator)
Pin-connected, 10-panel Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.49975, -95.16149   (decimal degrees)
37°29'59" N, 95°09'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/308933/4152507 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Mound
Inventory number
BH 36231 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


10-panel truss (151)
A.M. Blodgett (24)
Abandoned (3,234)
Kansas (2,895)
Missing deck (48)
Neosho County, Kansas (41)
Neosho River (48)
Parker through truss (1,199)
Parker truss (1,559)
Pin-connected (3,631)
Through truss (13,492)
Truss (30,388)

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2014: New photos from Robert Brock
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added GPS Coordinates.
  • July 9, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder
  • February 8, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rob Brock - k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com


Neosho River-Old Udall Rd. Bridge
Posted April 16, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks to Debra for the new photograph. I am glad that the bridge is still standing, but it could collapse at any moment. That pylon is precarious to say the least.

This one needs immediate action to save it. Otherwise, somebody is looking at an expensive environmental cleanup.

Neosho River-Old Udall Rd. Bridge
Posted April 16, 2018, by Debra McKee (Debbymc56 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Still standing - still looks like the east side could come down at any time. Visited on 4/14/2018

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is one of those bridges which looks like its about to collapse, but may (emphasis on may) stand for another decade.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 16, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That abutment has been crumbling for years, and I have been expecting the bridge to collapse for years.

I don't know who actually owns the bridge. There is both public and private land in the immediate vicinity. The west end of the bridge is probably in the right of way for the new road that bypasses this bridge.

There are three large Parker trusses (~ 200 feet in length) over the Neosho River in this immediate area and all are listed on this site.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From the looks of that picture, this bridge will be gone soon if something isn't done about that abutment.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Mike Smith (ksredleg15 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I believe that the east end of the bridge is located on private property.

Also, the east pier that is made of sandstone blocks is beginning to crumble.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2010, by Tom Sevart (n2uhc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge can be seen just off Udall road north of the modern bridge. Since it's part of the wildlife area it probably belongs to the state of Kansas, so it would be up to them if a new deck would be constructed.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted July 11, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I have often thought this myself. The bridge is in a public wildlife area so a pedestrian walkway would undoubtedly be used by the public.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It would be neat if a group of people would get together and build a new wooden deck on this for a pedestrian bridge. This bridge appears in decent shape.