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Branch of Deer Creek Bridge



Note: The following information comes from the National Bridge Inventory and has not been verified.
Pony truss bridge over Branch of Deer Creek on a local road, 1.0 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Phillipsburg
Phillips County, Kansas
Unknown status
Built 1905
Pony truss
Span length: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 29.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76944, -99.40278   (decimal degrees)
39°46'10" N, 99°24'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/465503/4402245 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000740601103320 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 41140 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 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: 44.1 (out of 100)
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Built 1905 (741)
Built during 1900s (6,500)
Kansas (2,860)
Phillips County, Kansas (44)
Pony truss (15,230)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,218)
Truss (29,966)


Branch of Deer Creek Bridge
Posted October 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is too bad. If anybody wants to venture out to North Central Kansas, some of the remaining pony trusses out there are probably well worth a visit.

Unfortunately, many Kansas counties have been destroying their pony trusses at a very rapid rate in the last few years. Many of those pony trusses were very old and some of them had at least moderately high National significance. A few might have even had very high National significance.

Some of these pony trusses are so small that they would be extremely easy and relatively inexpensive to relocate to hiking trails in the area. If a trail needs a small bridge why not use a local historic pony truss instead of a MOB?

Branch of Deer Creek Bridge
Posted October 9, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one is a goner - via satellite clearly see the abutments that used to hold the missing bridge