Rating:
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West Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Robert Elder

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BH Photo #110305

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Wrought Iron Bridge Company is the likely fabricator of this bridge, which was probably built ca. 1880 - 1890.

Facts 

Overview
Kingpost pony truss bridge over West Creek, 8.0 mi. south and 1.2 mi. west of Belleville
Location
Republic County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
NBI claims it was built in 1929, but it was almost certainly built much earlier.
Design
Kingpost pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 67.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71111, -97.65660   (decimal degrees)
39°42'40" N, 97°39'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/615156/4396557 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Concordia NW
Inventory numbers
KS 000790785803400 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18441 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 40.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
20

Categories 

Built 1929 (884)
Built during 1920s (8,767)
Have street view (22,077)
Kansas (2,702)
Kingpost truss (136)
Open (36,571)
Owned by county (18,854)
Pin-connected (3,220)
Pony truss (15,050)
Relocated (639)
Republic County, Kansas (38)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,574)
Structurally deficient (18,432)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,433)
Truss (29,446)
Wooden deck (5,864)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Description.
  • September 3, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: changed history because the NBI 1929 date is probably wrong.
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" and "Design"

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am going out on a limb here - but if this bridge has been replaced very recently, then it might still be sitting in pieces in the county scrap yard. (If one exists). Who knows, it might even be largely intact.

Maybe I am just being overly optimistic, but there is always a chance that this one has not yet been loaded on the barge bound for Beijing.

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 19, 2017, by Anonymous

Covfefe: ABBR.

Ancient bridgehunting term indicating that a bridge can be COnserVed Fairly Easily For Eternity.

EX:

Being a very small bridge, this Kingpost could be, or should have been covfefe.

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, I am not holding onto hope that this one exists. My guess is that it was replaced by a culvert. Republic County still has some interesting bridges that would serve well on a trail if they must be replaced.

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've been finding in Indiana that the ones which don't show on the NBI have been replaced with culverts.

I have also found several that show the historic bridge date along with a rehabilitation date, and I know for certain the old span is gone. It indeed is, but... they have reused the original substructure!

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Anonymous

If this bridge was demolished that would be a real shame. This bridge had high historical significance as a rare bridge type. On the slightest chance that this bridge was abandoned in place than it could be covfefe.

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge seems to have been dropped from the NBI. It does not appear in the 2016 edition. I really hope that it did not get replaced.

West Creek Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would not be shocked if this one was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. I was looking at the telltale connections at the base and top of the endposts.

Hopefully, Republic County does not get in a hurry to remove this Kingpost. It is historically significant.

West Creek Bridge
Posted November 15, 2015, by Anonymous

Elvis Bridge: A bridge that the NBI reports as lost, but is later reported to still be in existence.

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, Kansas does have a few "Elvis Bridges".

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Oooh, I could use one of those. :^)

Regards,

Art S.

PS. Has Elvis left the building?

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have always been skeptical of the construction date. Looks pre-1900 to me.

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by Visions of Elvis

A little less conversation

A little less conversation, a little more action please

All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me

A little more bite and a little less bark

Save these historic bridges, satisfy me!

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Probably was moved here in 1929.

West Creek Bridge
Posted September 3, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this was built in 1929 then I am Elvis Presley.