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Prairie Dog Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2008


BH Photo #116195



Pony truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 1.5 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Long Island
Phillips County, Kansas
Relocated to private property
Likely built ca. 1900
Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 65.9 ft.
Total length: 66.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92961, -99.55980   (decimal degrees)
39°55'47" N, 99°33'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/452166/4420095 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Long Island
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KS 000740583603100 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18398 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.2 (out of 100)
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4-panel truss (270)
In storage (189)
Kansas (3,192)
One-lane traffic (7,606)
Owned by county (20,783)
Phillips County, Kansas (44)
Pin-connected (3,901)
Pony truss (16,186)
Pratt pony truss (3,638)
Pratt truss (9,300)
Relocated (893)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,076)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,300)
Truss (32,799)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited build date - definitely not a 1924 span.
  • August 20, 2018: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated design description and categories
  • June 30, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Prairie Dog Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I cannot quite claim credit for the term, because I think that James came up with it. Still, it is quite appropriate.

I certainly respect that the landowner does not want the location to be posted publicly. Still, it is great that he saved the bridge from demolition.

Prairie Dog Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one replaced by UCEB - going to use Robert Elder's catchy word from now on, but by luck, friend told me her brother saved this bridge from the scrapper, and is now on his property not far away (see photo), by request did not want to share new exact location, but I visited yesterday, more likely an 1890-1910 bridge, in agreement with Robert, not a 1924