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French Creek Pony Truss Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016

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BH Photo #372616

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony truss bridge over French Creek on Kelley Creek Road (Abandoned)
Location
Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.53623, -96.18199   (decimal degrees)
39°32'10" N, 96°10'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/742182/4380078 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70998 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,028)
Kansas (2,705)
Pin-connected (3,225)
Pony truss (15,051)
Pottawatomie County, Kansas (24)
Pratt pony truss (3,172)
Truss (29,445)
Wrought Iron (367)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (284)

Update Log 

  • December 11, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Pratt pony truss", "Pin-connected"
  • December 10, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 12, 2016: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice abutments!

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Fair enough. That is his right as a property owner. Now that he owns the bridge, he gets to control access.

That being said, we really appreciate you building a rapport with these landowners. It has been my experience that most landowners like their bridges and take great pride in them. Thus, the landowners and the Bridgehunters have something in common - an appreciation for historic bridges.

I really hope that we can build good relations with landowners and help them to preserve their bridges. Of course, if a landowner wants to get rid of a bridge, we hope that he or she will contact us so we can preserve it elsewhere.

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Even the BRIDGE CLOSED signs look corroded-rusty and nearly ancient - a fun visit but property owner was insistent that more folks weren't as curious as I was - he was happy to let me take photos and even share them online - I pointed him to this website, but I got the impression he didn't want more traffic

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Outstanding! This looks like a product of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company to me. The nuts that affix the diagonal to the enposts are a good clue. This one is probably ca. 1880 - 1900. The stone abutments on this one are gorgeous!

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted December 10, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Oh this one - WOW - arrived at location, like so many others now, it is on an old lesser-used road that has been purchased by locals and is now private property. Got permission from the owner to roll down to the creek to see this beauty. Great abutments - looks very old. Awesome.

French Creek Pony Truss Bridge
Posted February 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have not yet been able to find this bridge in the NBI or KHRI databases. Satellite imagery clearly shows a pony truss at this location.