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Kansas Avenue Bowstring

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Illustration of the bridge on the cover of the 7/23/1870 issue of Scientific American.

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BH Photo #276453

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Description 

Iron Arch Truss Bridge built sometime in the 1870s or before. Bridge replaced by the Melan Bridge in 1898. the Speed Limit on the bridge was no faster than a walking Pace and the Weight Limit was no more than 50 head of cattle which was later changed to 25 head of cattle.

This bridge was featured in the 7/23/1870 issue of Scientific American.

Facts 

Overview
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over Kansas River on Kansas Avenue
Location
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge 1898
History
Built sometime in the 1870s or before, replaced 1898 by the Melan Arch Bridge
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Topeka, Kansas Plant)
Design
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06241, -95.66881   (decimal degrees)
39°03'45" N, 95°40'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/269089/4327092 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Topeka
Inventory number
BH 55525 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 2, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder: Bridge was built by the short lived Topeka branch of the King Bridge Co.
  • March 1, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected type to bowstring through truss.
  • February 12, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: Added categories "Cast iron", "Kansas River", "Wooden deck"

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