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Gypsum Creek Bridge


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Pony truss bridge over Gypsum Creek on Lapsley Road, 3.5 mi. south and 0.4 mi. east of Gypsum
Saline County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1885
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas
5 Panel Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 134.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.65278, -97.42000   (decimal degrees)
38°39'10" N, 97°25'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/637485/4279430 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000850811404860 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18496 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Wrought Iron"


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


Gypsum Creek Bridge
Posted August 31, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, so KHRI has a very similar bridge, on Hobbs Road, which has been demolished. I may have been confused when making previous comments.


Gypsum Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Saline County used to have a very large collection of small pony trusses, many of which would have been wrought iron. Unfortunately, the Flood of 2007 obliterated nearly all of them.

This bridge is one of the few survivors of that devastating flood. It is also a rare example of a Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works structure. (I believe that the company became the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. in 1888 - will post a KSHS link about this).

This one should be considered to be of high historic significance, especially if those outriggers are cruciform members.

Gypsum Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The KSHS images reveals that this bridge has outriggers which might possibly be cruciform. I cannot tell for sure. This is potentially a highly significant bridge.

Gypsum Creek Bridge
Posted July 5, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge may be getting replaced soon through the use of local funds. It is almost certainly older than the Kansas default date of ca. 1910. I will change the date to ca. 1890.