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West Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2008


BH Photo #128564


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Bedstead pony truss bridge over West Creek, 11.5 mi. south and 2.0 mi. east of Belleville
Republic County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Three panel, pin connected, Bedstead Pratt pony truss.
Length of largest span: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 41.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65987, -97.59482   (decimal degrees)
39°39'36" N, 97°35'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/620541/4390950 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
KS 000790793003465 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18442 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 78.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 16, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • June 16, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead pony truss", "19th Century", "Wrought Iron", "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • November 24, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • November 18, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview, Design, and Design Description.



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

This bridge appears to be a product of the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. This company was bought out in 1900, so I would say that it is definitely older than 1910. I would guess that it was built ca. 1885 - 1895.

West Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Possibly earlier than 1910? Robert your view?

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

Based on the NBI listing, this bridge has likely been replaced.