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West Dry Creek Bridge



Pony truss bridge over West Dry Creek on Halstead Road, 0.5 mi. south and 0.9 mi. east of Smolan
Saline County, Kansas
Demolished/replaced following damage from a flood in 2007.
Built 1889
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.73358, -97.66863   (decimal degrees)
38°44'01" N, 97°40'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/615719/4288053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KS 000850785004745 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18509 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
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19th Century (7,034)
Built 1889 (222)
Built during 1880s (1,872)
Kansas (3,146)
Lost (22,872)
One-lane traffic (7,547)
Owned by county (20,213)
Pony truss (15,813)
Replaced by new bridge (15,249)
Saline County, Kansas (49)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,151)
Structurally deficient (15,494)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,747)
Truss (31,616)
Wooden deck (6,013)

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.


West Dry Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I would very much like to visit this bridge. Because I live in Texas now I might not be able to get home before it is too late. Due to the large number of historic bridges in Kansas (a nice problem), it has been hard to get to them all as they are being demolished rapidly (not a nice problem).

The reason that Saline County has such a large number of closed pony trusses is due to a major floods that have struck the region in recent years.

One potentially endangerd Saline County pony truss that I would like to bring to your attention include a double span bedstead. I suspect that it was also flood damaged.


West Dry Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I hope you or somebody can visit the bridge before its gone. I always hate it when a bridge is demolished and nobody ever even knew what it looked like.

Looks like Saline County has quite a collection of closed pony truss bridges.

West Dry Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the update and link. I have not been able to visit or photograph this bridge yet. Thus I am uncertain of its design. The KSHS page does not yet have it listed either.