Extant bridge - bummer - cool abutments
Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016
BH Photo #373636
Thanks for checking on this one. I have also trekked down dirt road just to find out that the bridge I was looking for was gone.
Whatever this was, it sure has some nice stone abutments.
Visited today....soooooo disappointed to find this one gone. Bet it was cool.
Thus far, I have not been able to find a KSHS page for this bridge.
Reply to James:
That makes sense. The dimensions and lack of vertical clearance would make one think that this was a pony, which is why I was quite surprised to see the Street View image recently.
Yes Tony, something terrible.
Itchin' to get your motorcycle out.... aren't you Tom????
The NBI doesn't differentiate between pony and through trusses. Everything is listed as "Truss - Thru." I always assume that if a bridge has an unlimited vertical clearance and a small span, then it must be a pony truss. Sometimes, though, the NBI dimensions are completely wrong, which might be the case here.
I have changed this bridge from a pony truss to a through truss based on Google Earth Street View and our general consensus that we are seeing a through span here.
Because I don't live in Kansas anymore (cue the required Wizard of Oz line), it might be a while before I can get back to the area for vacation/bridgehunting and verify the design.
Looks like we are in agreement - I just wanted to make sure that I was not seeing tree trunks or something odd. I would not want to fail the bridgehunting equivalent of a Rorschach Test.
This would not be the first time that a through truss has been listed as a pony or vice-versa from NBI or other sources. The 45 foot span would seem rather odd for a through truss, but this could be off as well.
My Historic Bridges Magic 8 Ball Says... Its a through truss!
This may be too far-fetched, but I wonder if the bridge and roadway has recently been abandoned by the county and some private landowner removed any road closed/bridge out signage and is using the bridge. Of course then you would expect to see a private property sign.
I just went back to street view and noticed something, does this look like a pony truss to anyone else? What I'm seeing looks like a through truss.
Yep, it's either a bridge or a big square frame like thing.
I wonder how long ago the street view pictures were taken, because this bridge is listed as closed and from what I can see it doesn't look closed. No barricades or signs posted. Looks like the only way we're going to know for sure is one of us has to go to Kansas.
I think you are right Robert.....looks like it to me as well.
Street view is pretty amazing!
I just looked towards this bridge from Hoch Road on Google Earth Street View. It appears to me that there might be a through truss at this location.