Nick Schmiedeler

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Email: nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
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Kansas. I like Kansas bridges. Abandoned or unknown status, please.

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White Rock Creek Bridge (Jewell County, Kansas)

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White Rock Creek Bridge (Jewell County, Kansas)

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Recent Updates 

Walnut Creek Bridge (Ness County, Kansas)
Two span Pratt pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Burgess Avenue, 0.1 mi. east and 0.5 mi. south of K-96
January 19, 2022: New photos
Moffet Bridge (Pawnee County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Pawnee River on 220th Ave.
January 2, 2022: New photos
Moffet Bridge (Pawnee County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Pawnee River on 220th Ave.
January 2, 2022: Added
Walnut Creek Bridge - North Rd. (Mitchell County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Walnut Creek on North Road
December 29, 2021: New photos
Walnut Creek Bridge - North Rd. (Mitchell County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Walnut Creek on North Road
December 29, 2021: Added
West Beaver Creek 9-G.4 Bridge (Smith County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over West Beaver Creek on 9-G.4 Local Road, 3.0 mi. south and 4.4 mi. west of Reamsville
December 26, 2021: New photos
West Branch Twelvemile Creek Bridge (Smith County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over West Branch Twelvemile Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 7.0 mi. east of Harlan
December 26, 2021: New photos
Kill Creek Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Kill Creek on 110th Drive.
December 25, 2021: New photos
White Rock Creek Bridge (Smith County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over White Rock Creek on a local road, 2.0 mi. north and 3.5 mi. east of Cora
December 24, 2021: New photos
White Rock Creek Bridge (Jewell County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over White Rock Creek, 1.5 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Lovewell
December 24, 2021: New photos
White Rock Creek Bridge (Jewell County, Kansas)
Pratt Bedstead pony truss bridge over White Rock Creek on a local road, 1.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. east of Lovewell
December 24, 2021: New photos
White Rock Creek Bridge (Jewell County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over White Rock Creek, 2.0 mi. west and 1.0 mi. north of Lovewell
December 24, 2021: New photos
Walnut Creek Bridge (Mitchell County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek, 2.3 mi. west and 6.0 mi. south of Glen Elder
December 23, 2021: New photos
Middle Beaver Creek Bridge (Smith County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Middle Beaver Creek on a local road, 3.5 mi. west and 1.5 mi. south of Smith Center
December 23, 2021: New photos
Park Avenue Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a drainage ditch on Park Avenue in Galva
November 14, 2021: New photos
Cub Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Cub Creek on 571st Avenue, 4.2 mi. north and 2 mi. west of Jansen
October 27, 2021: New photo
Galena Y Bridge (Stone County, Missouri)
Five-span open-spandrel arch bridge with Y-shaped approach over James River at Galena
October 24, 2021: New photos
Watermill Bridge (Dallas County, Missouri)
Abandoned truss bridge over Niangua River on Treasure Lane/CO RD DD 75
October 24, 2021: New photos
Bull Creek Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Bull Creek on Harmony Road (Abandoned)
October 23, 2021: New photos
Branch Halfbreed Creek Bridge (Richardson County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Halfbreed Creek on 654 Avenue
October 10, 2021: New photos
BNSF - Big Nemaha River Bridge (Preston) (Richardson County, Nebraska)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Nemaha River on BNSF Railway
October 10, 2021: New photos
Big Nemaha River Bridge (Richardson County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Big Nemaha River on 703 Trail
October 7, 2021: New photos
West Fork Muddy Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Abandoned stone double arch bridge over West Fork Muddy Creek on Abandoned Road
October 3, 2021: New photos
Branch Delaware River Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over a branch of Delaware River on CR 206 OS 1, 6.0 mi. north and 6.9 mi. west of Valley Falls
October 3, 2021: New photos
Walnut Creek Bridge (Mitchell County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek, 2.3 mi. west and 6.0 mi. south of Glen Elder
September 27, 2021: New photos
UP - Mill Creek Bridge #2 (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Mill Creek on Southern Pacific Railroad
September 23, 2021: New photo
Elk Falls Bridge (Elk County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Elk River beyond the end of Montgomery Street in Elk Falls
September 20, 2021: New photos
Verdigris River Bridge (Greenwood County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Verdigris River, 3.0 mi. east and 1.5 mi. south of Madison
September 6, 2021: New photo
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Pawnee County, Oklahoma)
Lost Pony truss bridge over House Creek on 5942C
September 1, 2021: New photo
Bois D'Arc Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Little Walnut River, 3.8 mi. east and 0.5 mi. north of Gordon
August 29, 2021: New photos
Verdigris River Bridge (Nowata County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Verdigris River on 5312C
August 23, 2021: New photo
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Russell County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over an unnamed creek, 3.6 mi. north and 3.9 mi. east of Dorrance
August 15, 2021: New photos
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Russell County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.5 mi. north and 3.3 mi. east of Dorrance
August 15, 2021: New photos
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Russell County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.9 mi. north and 3.3 mi. east of Dorrance
August 15, 2021: New photos
Saline River Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Saline River on 278th Road (Abandoned)
August 15, 2021: New photos
Wolf Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Wolf Creek, 4.4 mi. west of Sylvan Grove
August 9, 2021: New photo
Spring Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek on E Elk Road (Local Road 145)
August 9, 2021: New photo
WGRY - Locust Creek Railroad Bridge (Chariton County, Missouri)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Locust Creek on Wabash & Grand River Railroad
August 5, 2021: New photos
Henkins Ford Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
Warren through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on Catawba Road
August 5, 2021: New photos
Compton Junction Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Marmaton River on CR 229 (Old US 71) north of Compton Junction
July 29, 2021: New photos
SW Pence Road Bridge (DeKalb County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Jordan Creek on Pence Road
July 10, 2021: New photos
Elkhorn Creek-CR 853 Bridge (Nodaway County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over a branch of Elkhorn Creek on Fairway Road (CR 853)
July 9, 2021: New photo
Steel Bridge (Linn County, Oregon)
Lost Through truss bridge over Willamette River
June 27, 2021: New photo
Glen Oak Park Arch Bridge (Peoria County, Illinois)
Lost Arch bridge in Glen Oak Park
June 27, 2021: New photos
Mulberry Creek Bridge (Ford County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Mulberry Creek, 2.6 mi. south and 3.0 mi. west of Ford
June 27, 2021: New photo
Blue River 15th Street Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Blue River on East 15th Street
June 27, 2021: New photo
Fort Madison Bridge (1888) (Lee County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Railroad and Road
June 27, 2021: New photos
MNA - South 400 Road Overpass (Vernon County, Missouri)
Bridge over S. 400 Road on Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad
June 27, 2021: New photos
Bear Creek Bridge (Cedar County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 1620
June 26, 2021: New photos
Orleans Bridge (Polk County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Little Sac River on 505th Road, southeast of Aldrich
June 26, 2021: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted January 19, 2022

New photos from friend Taylor journeying out in Ness Co. this past weekend

Posted December 29, 2021

I moved that pin, it is right there to west side of road at curve

Posted December 26, 2021

Visited this weekend. Very cool history. Will need to return on a non-Xmas weekend and visit Home on the Range - looks like a neat property.

Posted December 26, 2021

Two Twelvemile Creek bridge crossings within a few 100 yards of each other, the one on 280 is a brand new replacement, which seems very odd as the X Rd. one is very much NOT open to traffic, is crumbling, and the road dead ends here at an abandoned property. The 1910 default date seems off, looks a decade or 2 older...neat one that I hope/wish could be saved/moved but so rural don't really see the $ being spent to make it happen.

Posted December 25, 2021

And faded rust spots on both ends of what appear to be stolen, very large plaques

Posted December 25, 2021

This one is solid, and really cool. If the lattice railing not there, I would have guessed 1930's. Real beauty....very much a less-traveled stretch of road

Posted December 24, 2021

This one is sort of there....to me this really looks like an bedstead with all elements above road level torched off years ago, and edges pounded down over post tops...I bet it was a cool pony back in the day before farmers got together and decided it'd be easier to get their wide farm machines across the thing by chopping it off

Posted December 24, 2021

ORMC embossed iron? Not familiar

Posted December 24, 2021

Pretty one. Later-built concrete support gave it some extra life but it's as if an earthquake split it horizontally, rendering it useless...remote and rural beauty

Posted December 24, 2021

Ok, many of those old comments need to be disregarded for the bridge description since I had mixed up the bridges, although they apply for one of the other White Rock Creek bridges I visited yesterday...anyway....correct comments for this bridge now - very nice surprise with this one, plaque intact (mostly), very rickety bedstead, navigable but definitely not road worthy, long-abandoned, 126 year old beauty, extremely rural, fun visit

Posted December 24, 2021

Inorrectly posted these photos in May '21 for one of the other White Rock Creek bridges, I visited them all yesterday and sorted them out and am posting photos now of all

Posted December 23, 2021

Few more pix to post here to add to Joe's from earlier this year, I visited today and found it pretty fascinating - not unlike the Milwaukee Bridge product I ran into in Jackson County, although this one a liitle more stout...has those weird endpost recessed caps embossed "1 2" I've seen on a few other bridges, mostly in Nebraska

Posted December 23, 2021

aaaand....she's gone. Image of abandoned bridge visible few years ago on satellite, but visit today walking down old road way from west, all that was visible were 3 of 4 laced posts poking out of wide creek stream, having been obviously severed by torch...bummer

Posted December 19, 2021

Seems to be zero evidence of this by location description listed and satellite imagery searching....correct location description?

Posted November 14, 2021

Pleasantly surprised how incredibly solid and esthetically pleasing this one is in person, absolutely zero trace of any iron/steel mfg'er stamps or embossings, my wife and I combed over about every inch of it looking for one but no luck, still would love to hear why/how this thing was found elsewhere and chosen to serve these handful of homes in the cul-de-sac, guessing homes built 1960's at very earliest, seems like a simple puzzle to solve by county people or maybe older locals, absolutely noone out on the streets today, otherwise would've just asked