Rating:
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Neosho River-Old Trego Rd. Bridge

Photos 

Neosho 1

Photo taken by Tom Sevart

BH Photo #182739

Map 

Description 

The City of St. Paul may control access to this bridge. Inquire with the city before visiting.

Facts 

Overview
Parker through truss bridge over Neosho River
Location
Neosho County, Kansas
Status
Landlocked after the 1951 flood rerouted the river, bridge and section of road were abandoned.
Builder
- A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.50237, -95.18094   (decimal degrees)
37°30'09" N, 95°10'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/307220/4152838 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Erie
Land survey
T. 29 S., R. 20 E., Sec. 23
Inventory number
BH 44612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

A.M. Blodgett (24)
Abandoned (3,250)
Built during 1900s (6,674)
Have street view (24,715)
Kansas (2,911)
Neosho County, Kansas (41)
Neosho River (49)
Parker through truss (1,206)
Parker truss (1,568)
Through truss (13,727)
Truss (30,724)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2019: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 18, 2010: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 14, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Status as at least one span of this bridge is extant - surprisingly.
  • March 26, 2010: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com

Comments 

Neosho River-Old Trego Rd. Bridge
Posted April 10, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Visited this weekend. Gate closed, cattle and farm equipment park on road beyond fence. May check with local offices later, but this one may be done for visiting.....glad KSHS got on there fairly recently.

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

I just added a KHRI link for this Parker Truss. KSHS visited the bridge in 2016, and the link contains a recent photograph.

The bridge is still considered to be non-eligible for the NRHP. I am hoping that this decision might get reconsidered. This bridge is significant as an outstanding example of a Parker Truss constructed by a regional firm.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am not sure what caused this one to be ineligible. It might have been due to the loss of the approach spans. That being said, the important part of the bridge is still in place.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds to me like they need to get somebody on staff that knows what SHOULD be considered historic!... Robert??

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

I have several pictures of this bridge. One was taken in the late 1940s from the downstream side. I also have some from the late 1980s and early 1990s taken from both the river and the abandoned road south of the bridge. Interesting to see how far the river has moved in the past 60 years. During the early 1970s, the water beneath the main span was over 10 foot deep. Times sure change.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted August 31, 2010, by Tom Sevart (n2uhc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The road leads to the lift station which supplies water to the town of St. Paul. The lift station is not far from the bridge. I will get pictures some time in the future, but will probably wait until the leaves have fallen since it's kind of hard to see the bridge through the trees. My father-in-law is mayor so I'm pretty sure I can get access! :)

Neosho River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I attempted to photograph this bridge on 3 July 2010 but the road was barricaded by a steel gate. The road may still be public, but a government agency appears to be controlling access. Local inquiry might provide answers, but this barricade may be a means of protecting migratory waterfowl in the Neosho Wildlife Area.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tom:

Thanks for that explanation. That makes a lot of sense. I had not accounted for the river changing its course, thus I had also assumed that it had more than one span.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2010, by Tom Sevart (n2uhc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I spoke to one of the locals who said that the bridge only had one span and was abandoned after the flood of 1951 when the river washed around the south side of it where it currently flows. I guess this is why I assumed that it had more than one span, since it looks like it should span the river.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 4, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tom:

Thanks for that information. I am assuming that one of the trusses is extant based on your information. The KSHS photograph indicates that this must have been a double span at one time.

I just had a look at the A.M. Blodgett category. Thus far all of the listings are in Missouri and Neosho County, Kansas. It appears that many of the Missouri spans have been demolished in recent years.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted May 4, 2010, by Tom Sevart (n2uhc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is long abandoned and only one section on the north side of the river still exists. I don't know if any of it still exists on the south side, but doesn't appear so. Some time I'll try getting a photo and posting it here.

Neosho River Bridge
Posted March 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge status is unknown.

KSHS link with photo: http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?tab=details&in=133-0000-...