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Norway Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in November 2017

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BH Photo #411034

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Description 

Traveling through north central Kansas last week I stopped at an antique store in Republic County. Saw a commemorative plate from 1975 with a photo of a bridge on it, something called the Republican River Bridge at Norway with the date of 1975 stamped on it. Began research, found an article from The Salina Journal from 1979 (see photos for entire article in sequential pieces, fascinating story), all I have so far is a photo of the plate, screenshot photos of the entire bridge history article (was a pay site so I cheated a bit), and would invite more input on this seemingly forgotten three-span Whipple!!

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Republican River on Kansas Highway 148 ( K-148)
Location
Norway, Republic County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built over the winter of 1886-1887. Please see bridge photos to read the entire story of the bridge, as I photographed, in segments, a story published in the Salina Journal on July 29th, 1979 re: detailed history & planned replacement in the Fall
Builder
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
3-span Whipple through truss, 473' long, made up of 3 157' spans. From the article (see photos), 2 plaques were on at least one end.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 157.0 ft.
Total length: 473.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Norway Whipple Truss Bridge
Republican River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.69651, -97.79161   (decimal degrees)
39°41'47" N, 97°47'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/603604/4394771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kackley
Land survey
Norway, Kansas
Inventory number
BH 79479 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 17, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • November 17, 2017: Added by Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Norway Bridge
Posted October 9, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Nick, please tell me you bought the commemorative plate.

Republican River Bridge at Norway
Posted November 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I find it interesting but KDOT was considering some options with this bridge. A loss of this bridge really was a tragedy for historic preservation. This was an extremely significant bridge. Hopefully at least a few components such as to plaques and finials might have been preserved somewhere.