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Bulls Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #376609



Lost through truss bridge over Verdigris River on 19-0.4 Local, 2.0 mi. west and 4.0 mi. south of Altoona
Wilson County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced
Built 1916
Six panel, riveted Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 169.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Verdigris River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.47333, -95.70000   (decimal degrees)
37°28'24" N, 95°42'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/261238/4150806 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
KS 001030997406480 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18680 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2012)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 21, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
  • January 21, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 18, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated multiple categories.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Bulls Ford Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Anonymous

That seems odd doesnt it? What a monster beauty.....sad

Bulls Ford Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't seem to find any news about the destruction of this bridge. According to the KHRI, it was not considered to be NRHP eligible.

Bulls Ford Bridge
Posted January 22, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is too bad. I never made it to this one.

Bulls Ford Bridge
Posted January 21, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Ugh. Semi-devastated on this one. First clue was walking down abandoned (swampy) road from west side, seeing major tree trimming, and some sort of new erosion project or something going on - lots of work happening. Bad feeling got worse when I saw removal of the bridge, every bit of steel gone (and geocache also, Robert - thinking SMALL chance I just might find one you left - unless its the tape recorder) - sad, now only outdated satellite image to see what this beauty looked like

Bulls Ford Bridge
Posted October 30, 2010, by Robert (gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge is definately still here, I have had a geocache located on this bridge for about 4 years now. It is noted as Old Steel Bridge #6, waypoint ID GCYXC2. This bridge is very difficult to get to especially after it rains!

Verdigris River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KSHS page for this bridge:


Google Earth shows that a bridge does indeed exist at this location.