Photo taken by Robert Elder in August 2017
BH Photo #400807
A relevant meme:
Yes, that was my understanding. I am not sure about the significance of the backwards N however. There is a bridge in Abilene, Kansas with a backwards N as well.
Plural Laughlins instead of Laughlin always indicates iron or steel rolled before 1905.
I looked at the page for the previous location and there is no doubt to it being a Canton BC product. I'm not certain on the lineage between WIBCo and Canton, but I suspect there is some.
I had been a bit sceptical about the build date. The Jones & Laughlins beans features the backwards N.
1906 date is out there... Endpost/Upper chord casting suggests WIBCo. ca.1885 to me.
I field visited this bridge today. It is still sitting in Larrick Park and it is becoming overgrown with small trees and Kansas Ditchweed.
For a Bedstead, it is MASSIVE. It also features rare threaded rod - nut connections with cast iron assemblies. This is an awesome bridge and is worth saving. I am glad that it was saved and moved here, even if the legs were removed.