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Manhattan Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2016


BH Photo #375278


Street View 


Lost deck truss bridge over Kansas River on K-18/K-177 at Manhattan
Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1937; replaced 1996
Length of largest span: 198.2 ft.
Total length: 2,039.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Pillsbury Drive Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17493, -96.55405   (decimal degrees)
39°10'30" N, 96°33'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/711289/4339039 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0081-B0031 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 47131 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 6, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 28, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Merged NBI info
  • November 27, 2010: Added by Sheldon Wiens



Manhattan Bridge - Postcard
Posted March 17, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Itís also worth noting that it appears that the bridge in the Postcard was relocated to Washington State:


Iím hoping as the western states become more developed on Bridgehunter, that we can find more Pegrams. I would assume thereís still a handful that we donít know about.

Manhattan Bridge - Postcard
Posted March 17, 2018, by Rich Kaduce (rkaduce [at] outlook [dot] com)

The location of the bridge in the postcard appears to be the same as the railroad bridge just south of the K-18 highway bridge BH47755. A 1955 USGS map shows this as a U.P. bridge going over Wildcat Creek. The present bridge was probably built to handle the heavy loads going to Fort Riley. There is a second bridge in the background of the postcard which is probably a Rock Island bridge. The hill in the background also fits well at this location.

Manhattan Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge in the postcard is an extremely rare example of a Pegram Truss. I suspect that this bridge got moved here:


There are about 12 known Pegram trusses left in the USA, with two being in Kansas.

Manhattan Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Dana and Kay

Agree that is a nice shot. Any idea where this would have been?

Manhattan Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Anonymous

AWESOME photograph!

Manhattan Bridge
Posted October 15, 2015, by Max

I was in Manhattan last week and happened to notice some construction happening on the south pier of the former bridge. Apparently, it will serve as a welcome sign for motorists on the new bridge entering the city.


Manhattan Bridge
Posted May 20, 2014, by palmer welch (palmer09 [at] sunflower [dot] com)

Looking for pictures of the 1937 bridge.

Manhattan Bridge
Posted July 20, 2013, by Robert Nichols (robert_nichols [at] outlook [dot] com)

Just chiming in here with some additional detail. The two lane highway bridge referenced here had four deck truss spans across the river, that were approached by deck girder spans on each side at just about the same elevation as the present bridge. The two large end piers of the old truss span section are still in place, and those are the piers easily visible from the present bridge in Google Street View.