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North Fork Solomon River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in August 2018


BH Photo #434821



Pony truss bridge over N. Fork Solomon River, 4.0 mi. east of Lenora
Norton County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1921
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.61462, -99.92761   (decimal degrees)
39°36'53" N, 99°55'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/420375/4385395 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lenora East
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KS 000690545003527 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18318 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.9 (out of 100)
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Built 1921 (535)
Built during 1920s (9,435)
Functionally obsolete (7,290)
Kansas (2,966)
Norton County, Kansas (18)
One-lane traffic (7,531)
Open (38,330)
Owned by county (19,905)
Pony truss (15,638)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,851)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,946)
Truss (31,047)
Wooden deck (5,992)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2018: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler



North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one is recently replaced

North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted August 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did not get a chance to visit this bridge while I was in Norton County. Maybe next time...

Norton county is a really great place for a bridge hunt. While the county does not have a massive number of historic bridges (compared with counties in places like Pennsylvania or Ohio) it does have some really unusual Pony trusses. It has at least two Canton Bridge Co. inverted Kingpost trusses, which are a rare find now. One of them has been transferred to private ownership. I did not get a chance to ask permission to visit that one. I was trying to get home after an eclipse chase.