2 votes

Salina Vicinity Smoky Hill River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2017


BH Photo #383366



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Abandoned Pratt pony truss bridge over Smoky Hill River
Saline County, Kansas
6-panel, riveted Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75905, -97.57413   (decimal degrees)
38°45'33" N, 97°34'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/623889/4291003 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 72730 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,024)
Kansas (2,693)
Pony truss (15,049)
Pratt pony truss (3,180)
Pratt truss (8,017)
Saline County, Kansas (45)
Truss (29,440)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 5, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


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


Salina Vicinity Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted March 19, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Sure, Robert - sending now. Thanks

Salina Vicinity Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Do you have an e-mail address? Could you send me a P.M?


Salina Vicinity Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Guessing turn-of-the-century on this one.....any input? Would say in this case it needs to be taken down, just too far gone - potential danger for sure - don't know how many other kayaks traverse this stretch or folks troll down to fish here but seriously looks like any minute now it's coming down. Love some other thoughts on this one.

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

This one is past-schedule to collapse. Very precarious - it's hard to see from the photos but there are crushed automobiles jammed underneath the bridge supports, have no idea how this was done. Leaning heavily all over, crumbling abutments, this one will not make it, guaranteed....wow what a sight....in with a kayak on a pretty day, worth the trouble.