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Rose Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110301


Lost pony truss bridge over Rose Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 4.7 mi. west of Munden
Republic County, Kansas
Appears to have been replaced with a culvert
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (likely fabricator)
Wrought iron, pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 43.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94292, -97.62711   (decimal degrees)
39°56'35" N, 97°37'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/617289/4422324 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belleville NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
KS 000790789303080 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18432 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 1, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"


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


Rose Creek Bridge
Posted November 4, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Republic County seemed to prefer the WIBC. There are two 1899 through trusses in the county as well that were built by the same firm.

The Bedstead trusses in Republic County also feature the connections that Anthony referred to in the previous post. Additionally, the County Line Bowstring Bridge, which was originally part of a four span bridge in Cloud County to the south was moved here.

Cloud County also has an 1884 four span Pratt truss bridge (1 through, three pony spans built by WIBC).

Of course, I am assuming that this bridge is truly lost, and was not moved elsewhere. Republic County has demolished a few bridges, but they have also maintained several bridges as well.

Rose Creek Bridge
Posted November 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

An unfortunate loss here... The 1925 date that was listed is off by about 50 years. The large nuts at the endpost-top chord connection looks like the work of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in the 1870's.

Rose Creek Bridge
Posted November 1, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has disappeared. Republic County has a good record for historic bridge preservation, so I wonder if it might have been destroyed by flooding.