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Sand Creek Truss Leg Bridge

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Facts 

Overview
Bedstead pony truss bridge over a branch of N. Fork Solomon R., 2.0 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Edmond
Location
Norton County, Kansas
Status
In Larrick Park, currently unused.
Future prospects
Will be relocated to the city park in Lenora.
History
Built 1906; Replaced 2010, but moved to Larrick Park in Lenora.
Design
Four panel, pin connected Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 63.0 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65333, -99.90000   (decimal degrees)
39°39'12" N, 99°54'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/422788/4389668 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edmond NW
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 23 W., Sec. 3 and T. 4 S., R. 23 W., S
Inventory numbers
KS 000690547403480 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18316 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2006)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
15

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed name to match NRHP Listing.
  • June 20, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is not lost - just relocated.
  • October 3, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has been replaced
  • October 21, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Overview, Design, Design Description, and Categories

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.

Comments 

Sand Creek Truss Leg Bridge
Posted August 25, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Canton Bridge Company was formed by David Hammond and Family, former creator of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. The Hammonds left WIBC which was run by others, and formed another company. So its not surprising to see WIBC details on Canton Bridge Company structures.

Sand Creek Truss Leg Bridge
Posted August 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I field visited this bridge recently - see the link above for the Larrick Park Bridge.

Sand Creek Truss Leg Bridge
Posted January 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have changed the name of this bridge to match the KHRI and NRHP listings. In addition, I added the KHRI link for those who are interested in reading further.

This is clearly a Canton Bridge Co. product based on the plaque, but it has the threaded nut connections commonly associated with the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.

The date of 1906 comes from the Norton County Road and Bridge Dept. files. Interestingly, the members are marked "Jones & Laughlins". Thus, either the metal is pre-1905 (not unexpected given the fact that companies could stockpile metal), or the bridge is older than 1906.

Hopefully this one is still in Larrick Park.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have never had a chance to read the plaque. Had I known about this bridge last time I was in Norton County, I would have stopped. This one is on the bucket list next time I am in Northwest Kansas.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree Robert...The castings suggest WIBCo. but the date is off. This one looks ca. 1890, but what does that plaque say?

As is the case with nearly all Bedsteads the legs have been amputated, they were likely buried in concrete and this was the easy solution.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appears to have a plaque, but I can't tell if it gives a date. This looks like a pre - 1900 Wrought Iron Bridge Company product, unless another company copied the endpost nut connection design well after it fell out of fashion.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a rather interesting bedstead. It appears that my KSHS links are not working, but there is a photo in the comments below. Based on the latest Google imagery, the bridge still sits in Larrick Park. There is another object in the park that is casting a truss-like shadow.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2013, by Anonymous

The City of Lenora has a 1906 Truss Leg Bedstead Bridge (OS125) to give away. Located in Larrick Park, the steel bridge is 64 ft long and 17 ft wide, is in fair condition but currently has no deck. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and its relocation to Larrick Park had been approved by the National Park Service. Anyone interested in the bridge would be responsible for all work and expense to relocate the bridge, as well as coordination with the Kansas Historical Society. Serious inquiries may be made to the City of Lenora, 125 E Washington, Lenora, KS 67645, or call 785-567-4860, or email lenoraco@ruraltel.net.

Branch North Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2013, by Julie (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is being offered by the city of Lenora.