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Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2017

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BH Photo #383357

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River
Location
Saline County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built ca. 1900
Builder
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas
Design
6 panel, pin connected Pratt through truss.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68092, -97.58136   (decimal degrees)
38°40'51" N, 97°34'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/623395/4282323 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Assaria
Inventory number
BH 43454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 21, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Fixed a typo.
  • July 9, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Wrought Iron"
  • October 4, 2009: Added by Robert Elder

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Comments 

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Nice survivor - access could not be easier (eventhough we brought kayak on this trip for deeper, buried bridges) - this one is just a few feet off of Assyria Road, juststep out of your car and enjoy

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Has, not had. Bridge is still in place

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge had a very strong resemblance to the 1887 Lakewood Park Bridge a few miles away in Salina. Chances are, these bridges were both built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works at about the same time. Saline County seemed to prefer this company. I have added MVB&IW as the likely fabricator.

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2016, by David Stouffer (Justurodad [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Have got a few pictures

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this is the same bridge, east of Assaria and just north of the current road. Glad to know that it is still standing. It would be great to have some pictures on here.

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2009, by Eric J. Burris (eburris [at] augustagov [dot] org)

If this bridge is the one located due East of Assaria on Assaria Road, then I can tell you it is in fact still in existance-my brother-in-law lives in that area. The bridge is in fair shape, and you can walk right on to it from the road. The deck is in rough enough shape that I didn't walk too far out on it. I have a picture of it somewhere.

Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was still standing as of ca. 2000, although it had been long abandoned by then. The new bridge was constructed away from the old bridge, so apparently demolition was not needed. khri.kansasgis.com lists the date of construction as ca. 1900. I would not be surprised if the bridge is a few years older and possibly constructed of wrought iron.