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Barnes Kingpost Truss


Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2008


BH Photo #116197


Street View 


Kingpost pony truss bridge
Washington County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Kingpost pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71101, -96.87311   (decimal degrees)
39°42'40" N, 96°52'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/682321/4397845 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36775 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Closed (2,473)
Have street view (23,168)
Kansas (2,756)
Kingpost truss (142)
Pony truss (15,174)
Truss (29,783)
Washington County, Kansas (52)

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 7, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • January 20, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • July 24, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Re-edited Name - bridge is indeed a Kingpost, not a similar Waddell Truss.
  • June 24, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Name and Categories.
  • June 30, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Barnes Kingpost Truss
Posted December 8, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, the age old question:

Is it a Kingpost or a Waddell Wannabe? Either way, it is another bizarre paired angle bridge.

Barnes Kingpost Truss
Posted July 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am glad that this bridge is being taken care of. I suspect that it was built by the Wayland Bridge Co. in Washington, Kansas, but I can't prove it. Perhaps he was "borrowing" Mr. Waddell's design.

Barnes Kingpost Truss
Posted July 4, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

I could be mistaken but I believe this Waddell Truss has been moved slightly from the previous location and now is over a tiny creek on the main drag through town just south on 148 hiway

Barnes Waddell Truss
Posted June 24, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I originally considered this bridge to be a Kingpost truss. The additional diagonal members would indicate a Waddell truss. I have reclassified the bridge accordingly.

Barnes Kingpost Truss
Posted July 19, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk_yahoo [dot] com)

Any GOLF COURSES out there interested??????

I just browzed through several pics of abandoned, closed, and "adoptable" bridges on this site. I truely think some of them could be reused as not only foot bridges. Yes lots of historic spans HAVE turned into elegantly restored foot bridges. Another use for a historic bridge could be the golf course. One or more old bridges could saved by converting them into passageways for golf carts. This idea could give life to many historic bridges as the ruthless UECB continues to "spoil" our countyside.