Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017
BH Photo #376984
As a follow up to my previous post, I should clarify that a pre - 1900 construction date is not out of the question.
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.
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.
This is an absolute Gem!
Rare to find a Bedstead without it's legs amputated! What a perfect location to preserve it in!
Another great find! This one is in a park, which makes it a perfect candidate for preservation.
And the answer is...TALL bedstead. Visited this pretty January day with friends - very cool, floor boards MOSTLY intact.
I thought it looked like a Bedstead...but the shadows do make it look really TALL.
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.
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!
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.
Well, since we're guessing at satellite images, it looks like a beadstead pony to me :^)
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.
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.