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Wea Creek Bridge


Deck view

Photos taken June 2007 by James Baughn

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Relocated bowstring truss bridge on the grounds of the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1870 by the Buckeye Bridge Works; relocated 1988
- Buckeye Bridge Works of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Total length: 69.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.05586, -95.77882   (decimal degrees)
39°03'21" N, 95°46'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/259546/4326650 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Silver Lake
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 15 E., Sec. 32
Inventory numbers
NRHP 03000363 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 18559 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed from the "Last of it's kind" category.
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Last of its kind"
  • April 30, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added City
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added GPS Coordinates
  • June 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories - bridge is constructed of wrought iron.
  • September 27, 2007: Posted new photos

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Wea Creek Bridge
Posted June 15, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I tend to agree with Tony. There are other bowstrings made by other builders and other bridges still standing by this builder. There are no other bowstrings presently identified by this builder.

Most, if not all, trusses still standing are unique. Last of its kind is vague. While there is a political motivation to list 'Last of its Kind' to aid in preservation, we should be careful how we use the category. For example, the fink truss. If you thought the Zoarville Station Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/oh/tuscarawas/zoarville-station/ was the last Fink truss still standing, you'd be wrong. You'd need to narrow it to the last Fink through truss still standing to be correct (as far as I know).

We may want to add a 'unique characteristics' or equivalent section for each bridge.


Art S

Wea Creek Bridge
Posted June 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

"Kind" would refer to Bowstring, of which we do have other examples.

Perhaps we need a category titled "Last of it's type from a particular builder"

Wea Creek Bridge
Posted June 15, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Not the last of its kind? Tell us more!