Nick Schmiedeler

Recent Updates 

Salina Vicinity Smoky Hill River Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River
March 16, 2017: New photos
Assaria Smoky Hill River Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River
March 16, 2017: New photos
McNeal Road Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over West Branch, 6.0 mi. south and 12.0 mi. east of Junction City
March 16, 2017: New photos
McDowell Creek Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over McDowell Creek on W. 40th Avenue, 0.5 mi. south and 4.3 mi. east of Ogden
March 16, 2017: New photos
Lyon Creek Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Rainbow arch bridge over Lyon Creek on Lyons Creek Road, 3.4 mi. west and 5.3 mi. south of Wreford
March 16, 2017: New photos
Neosho River Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Neosho River, 1.5 mi. south of White City
March 16, 2017: New photos
Lairds Creek Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Lairds Creek, 2.7 mi. east of Parkerville
March 16, 2017: New photos
Lyon Creek Bowstring Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lyon Creek, 5.0 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Junction City
March 16, 2017: New photos
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
March 13, 2017: New video
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
March 11, 2017: New video
UP - Big Blue River Bridge (Manhattan) (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Three-span lattice through truss bridge over Big Blue River on the Union Pacific Railroad, just east of Manhattan
March 11, 2017: New photos
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
March 11, 2017: New photos
Linear Trail - Wildcat Creek Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Pony/through plate girder bridge on Linear Trail (former Rock Island RR)
March 11, 2017: New photos
Wildcat Creek Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned bridge over Wildcat Creek
March 11, 2017: New photos
Silver Creek Sec. 4 Truss Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Silver Creek on Cretchan Road about two miles southwest of Burden
February 28, 2017: New photos
McKnab Bridge over Cedar Creek (Cowley County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek
February 28, 2017: Added
Arkansas River Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Arkansas River
February 28, 2017: New photo
Saline River Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Saline River, 2.0 mi. west and 3.0 mi. north of Shipton
February 22, 2017: New photos
1st Street Bridge (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost bridge over Spring Creek on 1st Street
February 22, 2017: New photos
Mill Creek Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Two-span pony truss bridge over Mill Creek on Kuenzli Creek Road, 1.5 mi. east and 0.5 mi. south of McFarland
February 22, 2017: New photos
Tod Ranch Road Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Mill Creek on Tod Ranch Road
February 22, 2017: New photos
Mud Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Mud Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 0.2 mi. east of Manchester
February 22, 2017: New photos
Abandoned Rock Island - Little Delaware River Bridge (Brown County, Kansas)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Delaware River on Rock Island abandoned Railroad line
February 17, 2017: Added
Deer Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 2.3 mi. west of Atchison
February 16, 2017: New photos
Deer Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Deer Creek on Rs 28
February 16, 2017: New photos
Deer Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. west and 2.4 mi. north of Atchison
February 16, 2017: New photos
Deer Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Deer Creek on Rs 27
February 16, 2017: New photos
Stream Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.9 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Lancaster
February 16, 2017: New photos
Anderson Road Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Negro creek on Rs 1592 (Anderson Road)
February 16, 2017: New photos
Branch Deleware River Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Deleware River, 3.0 mi. north and 0.2 mi. east of Arrington
February 16, 2017: New photos
Branch Delaware River Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Delaware River on a local road, 2.0 mi. south and 0.7 mi. west of Muscotah
February 16, 2017: New photo
Branch Delaware River Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Delaware River, 1.1 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Arrington
February 16, 2017: New photos
Coal Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Coal Creek, 0.1 mi. south and 4.0 mi. east of Arrington
February 16, 2017: New photos
Elm Branch Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Elm Branch on W. 351st St.
February 9, 2017: New photos
Lyon Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Lyon Creek on 1600 Avenue
February 7, 2017: New photos
MoPac - West Branch Whitewater Creek Bridge (Harvey County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over West Branch Whitewater Creek on Abandoned Railroad
February 4, 2017: New photos
Dry Creek Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek, 3.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Whitewater
February 4, 2017: New photos
Cedar Creek Bridge (Chase County, Kansas)
Abandoned truss bridge over Cedar Creek on 70 Road
February 4, 2017: New photos
Big Badger Creek Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over Big Badger Creek on 196th Road southeast of Winfield
February 3, 2017: New photo
Rock Creek Sec. 10 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Two-span stone arch bridge over Rock Creek on 22nd Road about two miles east of Rock
February 3, 2017: New photos
U. McCaw Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek on a local road six miles north and two miles east of Cambridge
February 3, 2017: New photos
West 14th Avenue Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Two-span through truss bridge over Walnut River on West 14th Avenue in Winfield
February 3, 2017: New photos
Tauy Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Tauy Creek on Nebraska Road, northeast of Ottawa
February 3, 2017: New photos
Gordon Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Walnut River on SW 163rd, west of Gordon
February 3, 2017: New photos
Eight Mile Creek Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Eight Mile Creek, 1.7 mi. west and 3.0 mi. south of Douglass
February 3, 2017: New photo
Walnut River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Walnut River, 0.7 mi. west and 2.0 mi. south of Douglass
February 3, 2017: New photos
Independence Bowstring (Verdigris River) Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Verdigris River at the end of Burns Street in Independence
February 3, 2017: New photos
Caney River Bridge (Chautauqua County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Caney River, 0.5 mi. east of Cedarvale
February 3, 2017: New photo
Cedar Vale Bridge (Chautauqua County, Kansas)
Two-span Marsh arch bridge over Caney River on Old US 166, east of Cedar Vale
February 3, 2017: New photo
Esch's Spur Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Three-span stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek, southwest of Dexter
February 3, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted March 19, 2017

Sure, Robert - sending now. Thanks

Posted March 17, 2017

Guessing turn-of-the-century on this one.....any input? Would say in this case it needs to be taken down, just too far gone - potential danger for sure - don't know how many other kayaks traverse this stretch or folks troll down to fish here but seriously looks like any minute now it's coming down. Love some other thoughts on this one.

Posted March 16, 2017

A friend just sent me this photo, the locals really like to decorate that thing up all different kinds of ways throughout the year, very cool

Posted March 16, 2017

This one is past-schedule to collapse. Very precarious - it's hard to see from the photos but there are crushed automobiles jammed underneath the bridge supports, have no idea how this was done. Leaning heavily all over, crumbling abutments, this one will not make it, guaranteed....wow what a sight....in with a kayak on a pretty day, worth the trouble.

Posted March 16, 2017

Nice survivor - access could not be easier (eventhough we brought kayak on this trip for deeper, buried bridges) - this one is just a few feet off of Assyria Road, juststep out of your car and enjoy

Posted March 16, 2017

This one has recently been replaced. Looks like a piece of the old pony decking sitting off to the side of the new bridge.

Posted March 16, 2017

Bridge is no longer open, or existing- has recently been removed and replaced with slab. Sad.

Posted March 16, 2017

Interesting abutments on this one....packed tight, and also, crumbling. Pretty spot.

Posted March 16, 2017

This is the most welcoming Old Bridge I have ever run into in the state of Kansas. As you approach you see a Stars and Stripes painted freight pallet that says "Laird's Creek Bridge". Atop both sides are fitted solar lights into a wood plank that fit into the iron perfectly, and toward one end of the bridge is a marker board that welcomes notes to be written which we did. An obviously beloved local bridge that beckons others to enjoy also. A very nice surprise.

Posted March 16, 2017

Another important note to bring up is that the property owner mentioned it was long known that the old limestone abutments that can be seen in the newest photo I just uploaded to the site were built out of limestone from the same quarry (Towanda limestone he said) that provided limestone for the original construction of the Topeka State Capitol, and at the same general time. So why would a bowstring Bridge be brought to this location later that most likely dates to the exact same time as those limestone abutments? I would surmise that this is the original bridge to that site but has just been altered severely. In addition it seemed clear that the property owner's thought was this is for sure the original bridge to the site.

Posted March 16, 2017

Had an incredible experience with friends Kevin from Topeka and Chris from Lawrence, met up with property owner, heard some great history about this one. Property owner mentioned land surrounding the bridge has been owned by his family and the neighbor's for several decades, they remember improvements being done to it in the 1960s, and the story that the bridge was originally built to reach just one home, apparently a man with a lot of pull, the county commissioner named Hap Adams, the obvious 1960s improvements being the concrete pillars to save this beauty from collapsing ...a true ancient relic we admired for more than an hour.

Posted March 13, 2017

I did try the "add video" - error boxed me. I will keep at it. Thanks for the nice comment on my backyard junk sculpture - its one of several hundred actually....along with bridgehunting it's my other obsession

Posted March 12, 2017

That is a eventuality for sure - Kaw does run a different course now but the ground all through that area is very marshy, how amazing would it be to be standing there recording when the end of that bridge does finally decide to go?

Posted March 12, 2017

Problems with simple cut and paste of my short YouTube video posting here (help with that?), if you'd like to see the clip, search " Kansas Bridge Hunt" on YouTube it should come right up

Posted March 11, 2017

ooooh this one....super-eery and giantly awesome - knocked on a property owner's door at the end of Rosencutter Road, got permission to head south and little west cross the tracks down the old deep rocky river bank to get to the old channel river bridge.... an absolute beauty, a fantastic experience, so glad to be made aware of it's existence from Robert's recent research.