Clark Vance

About Me 

Email: cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Math and Engineering instructor. Long time seeker of lost bridges. Kansas City metro.

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West lattice

RCP&E - Cheyenne River Bridge (Pennington County, South Dakota)
A beautiful geometry.

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Looking SE

Hot Springs Bridge (Fall River County, South Dakota)
Modern replacements in the background

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Recent Updates 

Dellwood Park Upper Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Fraction Run on Trail
September 19, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Ambursen Construction Co."
SK & O Oxford Branch Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on SK & O Railroad
September 15, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway"
Dexter Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over a branch of Grouse Creek on a local road just north of Dexter in Dexter
September 9, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Dexter Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over a branch of Grouse Creek on a local road just north of Dexter in Dexter
September 9, 2017: New Street View added
Bald River Bridge at Falls (Monroe County, Tennessee)
Concrete stringer bridge over Bald River on FDR 210/River Road
September 7, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Bull Creek Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Bull Creek on (Old) Kansas City Road
September 7, 2017: Added
Thomas Bridge (Sullivan County, Tennessee)
Pratt through truss bridge over Beaver Creek
September 5, 2017: New Street View added
Pecan Bayou Bridge (Coleman County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over Pecan Bayou on CR 170
September 3, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Unnamed creek Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed creek on Rd 260 929.5-502.0
September 3, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Buckhorn Creek Bridge (Taylor County, Kentucky)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Buckhorn Creek on West Main Street
August 31, 2017: New Street View added
KY-355 over Mill Creek (Owen County, Kentucky)
Concrete culvert bridge over Mill Creek on ky-355
August 29, 2017: New Street View added
UP - Idaho Falls Bridge (Bonneville County, Idaho)
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Snake River on Union Pacific Railroad
August 25, 2017: New Street View added
Oakland Bridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Concrete arch bridge over Pascoag River on Victory Highway in Burrillville
August 23, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Victory Highway"
Oakland Bridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Concrete arch bridge over Pascoag River on Victory Highway in Burrillville
August 23, 2017: New Street View added
Douglas Branch Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Bridge over Douglas Branch on S 1300 Rd
August 17, 2017: Added
Pumphouse Road Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Marmaton River on Pumphouse Rd
August 17, 2017: Added
Medigener Creek Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Medigener Creek on Route W (N. Ash Street)
August 17, 2017: New Street View added
Halley Road Marmaton Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge on Halley Road
August 17, 2017: Added
Sand Lake Slough Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Sand Lake on Halley Road
August 17, 2017: Added
Halley Road Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Bridge over Tributary of Marmaton River on E Halley Rd
August 17, 2017: Added
Bryan Ford Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Middle Creek on Plum Creek Road
August 15, 2017: Added
Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge (Marion County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over I.W.C. Canal on Illinois Street in Indianapolis
August 13, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Luten arch"
KY 120 over Mill Creek (Webster County, Kentucky)
Concrete culvert bridge over Mill Creek on KY-120
August 9, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Lebanon Road Stone Arch Bridge (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Stone arch bridge over Brown's Creek on Lebanon Pike
August 9, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted continued use for water main and removed US 70.
Silver Creek Bridge (Madison County, Illinois)
Bridge over Silver Creek on Lebanon Road (County 32)
August 9, 2017: Added
Forrest Crossing Bridge (Williamson County, Tennessee)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Harpeth River on a pedestrian/golf cart trail in the Forrest Crossing Golf Course
August 8, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Laced endposts", "Pin-connected"
Litup Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over Litup Creek, 1.4 mi. south of Strauss
August 8, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Marked location
Branch Neosho River Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Neosho River, 5.9 mi. east of Labette
August 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Lost 1980.
Bachelor Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Bachelor Creek, 2.0 mi. south and 3.0 mi. west of Parsons
August 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Location
BLM 144 Bridge (Grand County, Utah)
Concrete stringer bridge over Intermitent was on BLM 144
August 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Independence Street Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Town Creek on Independence Street in Harrisonville
August 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Ransome rebar"
Springfield Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
August 1, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Camp Branch Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Camp Branch on private lane
August 1, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Queenpost pony truss bridge over Trib West Branch Mill Creek, 2.7 mi. west of Volland
August 1, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Cut-Off Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Neosho River on 40th Road (Abandoned)
July 25, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete balustrade"
Walnut Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Walnut Creek on Route B
July 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted replacement
NS - Askew Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over 6th Street on Philadelphia & Reading Railroad
July 22, 2017: New Street View added
West Chapman Creek Bridge (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over West Chapman Creek on a local road, 2.0 mi. north and 1.0 mi. west of Longford
July 21, 2017: New Street View added
Harry W. Kelly Memorial Bridge (Worcester County, Maryland)
Bascule bridge over Sinepuxent Bay on US 50 in Ocean City
July 21, 2017: New Street View added
BNSF - Eagle Avenue Overpass (Carroll County, Iowa)
Concrete Slab Bridge over Eagle Avenue on BNSF Railway
July 21, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Ransome rebar"
Geysers Road Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Big Sulphur Creek on Geysers Road
July 21, 2017: New Street View added
Greenwood School Tunnel (Jackson County, Missouri)
Abandoned pedestrian tunnel under 27th and Cleveland Avenue
July 20, 2017: New photos
Blue Star Highway Bridge (Sussex County, Virginia)
Pony truss bridge over Nottoway River on Blue Star Highway
July 18, 2017: New Street View added
Mountain Road -I78 Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Beam bridge over I-78 (LR 141) on SR 4011(LR 06017)
July 18, 2017: New Street View added
Erie Canal Clinton Square Bridge Syracuse (Onondaga County, New York)
Lost Bridge over Erie canal on Street
July 13, 2017: New Street View added
Greenwood School Tunnel (Jackson County, Missouri)
Abandoned pedestrian tunnel under 27th and Cleveland Avenue
July 12, 2017: New Street View added
SKOL - Big Hill Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad.
July 11, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway"
Bear Creek Railroad Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bear Creek on MO Rock Island Rail Trail (Former CRI&P MO Division)
July 8, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "MO Rock Island Rail Trail"
RI - Gasconade River Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss over Gasconade River on the Rock Island Railroad between Freeburg and Belle
July 7, 2017: New video
Greenwood School Tunnel (Jackson County, Missouri)
Abandoned pedestrian tunnel under 27th and Cleveland Avenue
July 7, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted September 11, 2017

Is there a reason to think this bridge ever carried the Jefferson Highway?

Posted September 11, 2017

http://untappedcities.com/2011/10/05/centralia-pennsylvania-...

What clueless person let that number become official?

Posted September 10, 2017

Topos as far back as 1950 have the current Norfolk & Western alignment, but back in 1892 this was the original railroad.

Bridge east of Grouse Creek bridge
Posted September 10, 2017

Based on older topo quads, it looks like the lake was formed after the rail was laid, so my guess is they blocked the culvert under the railroad and added a spillway. The bridge appears to be a simple beam with a wooden deck.

Posted September 9, 2017

The 1936 county highway map shows the Midland Valley railroad wandering around here. It loops up to meet a spur of the Mo Pac in Silverdale then appears to cross a bit east of here where there is a tall pier visible from above.

Posted September 7, 2017

The Melan system used a series of parallel arched steel reinforcing, often small trusses. See fig. 5 here:

http://www.bma.arch.unige.it/pdf/construction_history_2009/v...

Although the steel may be covered by concrete it is sometimes possible to see a series of lines running parallel to the direction of travel indicating where the metal is beneath (above) the concrete.

Luten strategically placed his steel in the areas under highest tension, e.g. the bottom of the highest part of the arch, saving weight.

Posted September 7, 2017

Nice panoramic view.

In Julie's pics it looks like this has cruciform verticals.

It's nice to know this one is preserved.

Posted September 3, 2017

I don't seem to have much success finding build dates on RR bridges other than plaques. How did you figure out the date for this one?

Posted August 29, 2017

Anyone have the story on why this bridge was in use for so little time?

Posted August 24, 2017

"Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family"

https://www.yahoo.com/news/father-jumps-car-over-open-161950...

Red Bridge (Missouri)
Posted August 23, 2017

Great flood pictures, John.

Bridge eclipse shot
Posted August 21, 2017

I drove toward the landing near the I-70 Missouri River bridge but the Muddy Bottom CA lived up to its name and we turned back when the jeep ahead of us started having trouble. We watched from the river bottom and had a great view but no bridge except a concrete beam RR and a MOB.

Next one is coming through SE MO in seven years.

Posted August 19, 2017

NBI gives a 1952 build date. Any reason for thinking 1945?

Posted August 13, 2017

Indianapolis has a large number of Luten arches built between 1900 and 1925. Some of them (http://bridgehunter.com/in/marion/4900229/) have dates that are from much later, probably representing a major rehab.

Posted August 11, 2017

The dedication sign shows the name for the US 70 bridge. When US 70 traffic was removed from this bridge the pedestrian bridge was designated the Bob Sheehan Memorial, keeping the Elmer Disspayne Sr designation for the bridge carrying the highway.