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Labette Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017

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BH Photo #376984

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bedstead truss bridge over Labette Creek on 20th Road (Truncated by dam)
Location
Neosho County, Kansas
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
Design
4 panel Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.39868, -95.33244   (decimal degrees)
37°23'55" N, 95°19'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293541/4141653 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Galesburg
Inventory number
BH 73061 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Bedstead Pratt pony truss (326)
Bedstead truss (496)
Closed (2,442)
Kansas (2,728)
Neosho County, Kansas (41)
Pony truss (15,080)
Pratt pony truss (3,199)
Pratt truss (8,066)
Truss (29,539)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Design Description.
  • January 28, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 4, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories - Bedstead is the most likely design, assuming it is not a MOB.
  • August 3, 2016: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As a follow up to my previous post, I should clarify that a pre - 1900 construction date is not out of the question.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have spent some time looking at the photographs of this one...

This bridge features a laced (built up) bottom chord for the outer two panels. This type of built up member was commonly used as verticals in compression. Such built up members are uncommon on pin - connected Bedstead trusses, at least on the Bedsteads that I have looked at. The two inner panels use more traditional eyebars for the bottom chord.

Overall, this looks to be a rather long and rather heavy Bedstead. I am guessing that it was built ca. 1900 - 1915, but I cannot say for certain without checking county records.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, except for any loss of railings, this one appears to retain good historic integrity. It also appears to be a relatively large Bedstead. This would look great restored in place with legs intact. As an added benefit, it is no longer over the main channel.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is an absolute Gem!

Rare to find a Bedstead without it's legs amputated! What a perfect location to preserve it in!

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another great find! This one is in a park, which makes it a perfect candidate for preservation.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

And the answer is...TALL bedstead. Visited this pretty January day with friends - very cool, floor boards MOSTLY intact.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I thought it looked like a Bedstead...but the shadows do make it look really TALL.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Turning back the clock on Google Earth, it does look like a Bedstead. Neosho County used Bedsteads, so this is a possibility.

I left Kansas in 2009, and satellite imagery has gotten MUCH better since then.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Oddly enough, it looks almost like it has subdivided panels (like a Baltimore), and I don't see any overhead bracing, suggesting it may be a pony--if this bridge were to actually have both characteristics, it would certainly be a first for me! Robert, definitely looking forward to your pics!

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey, a very long Bedstead is possible as well. Only a field check will tell us for certain. I hope to accomplish this in November. If anybody beats me to it, please let us know what we have.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Well, since we're guessing at satellite images, it looks like a beadstead pony to me :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just discovered this bridge today thanks to Google imagery. I have since taken a closer look on my mobile device. I think that this is a 6 panel Pratt through truss with a length of roughly 90 feet. It appears to be very lightweight and possibly very old. I cannot tell what kind of portal bracing it may have. It is on my bucket list for my next Kansas trip.

I hope that whichever entity manages the lake recognizes the potential importance of this bridge.

Labette Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This appears to be a very short through truss, but if it turns out to be a pony truss, we can always change the listing. It does not appear in either the NBI or the KHRI database.

I do not believe that this is a modern bridge, even though it is hiding in plain sight in a park. Instead it looks like an old Pratt truss. It appears that the road got truncated by the construction of the Lake Parsons Dam.

Note: The town of Parsons is just inside Labette County. Lake Parsons, and this bridge, are just inside Neosho County.