Clark Vance

About Me 

Email: cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

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

Favorite Photos 

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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 

Hazel Ridge Road Bridge (Gallatin County, Illinois)
Wooden bridge over an abandoned railroad on Hazel Ridge Road (TR 3)
October 18, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway"
Hazel Ridge Road Bridge (Gallatin County, Illinois)
Wooden bridge over an abandoned railroad on Hazel Ridge Road (TR 3)
October 18, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "New York Central Railroad"
MoPac Wilton Springs bridge (Saline County, Missouri)
Bridge over Salt Fork on Union Pacific Railroad (former Missouri Pacific)
October 17, 2018: Added
C&A overpass (Saline County, Missouri)
Bridge over Union Pacific Railroad Company (former MoPac) on Kansas City Southern Railway Company (former Chicago and Alton)
October 17, 2018: Added
UP - Camp Creek Bridge (Saline County, Missouri)
Plate girder bridge over Camp Creek on the Union Pacific Railroad, next to CR 212
October 17, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Missouri Pacific Railroad"
White River MO 76 Bridge (Taney County, Missouri)
Lost five-span through truss bridge over White River (Bull Shoals Lake) on MO 76 near Forsyth
October 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Demolished
MP Little Dry Creek Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Little Dry Wood Creek on Missouri Pacific Railroad
October 14, 2018: Added
Moxham Bridge (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete arch bridge over Stony Creek River on PA 403 (Central Avenue) in Johnstown
October 14, 2018: New Street View added
Lilly Creek Bridge (Effingham County, Illinois)
Bridge over Lilly Creek on Sbi-11/Fr-918 (old National Road)
October 9, 2018: New Street View added
Lowe Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 252
October 7, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: USGS shows this as Lowe Bridge
Happy Creek Bridge (Sevier County, Tennessee)
1931 Tee-Beam bridge over Happy Creek on State Route 35
September 23, 2018: New Street View added
Solomon US 40 Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Concrete culvert bridge over Creek on Old US 40
September 7, 2018: New Street View added
Solomon US 40 Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Concrete culvert bridge over Creek on Old US 40
September 6, 2018: Added
US40 Whitewater River Bridge (Wayne County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Whitewater River on US 40 in Cambridge City
September 1, 2018: New Street View added
MoPac South Grand River Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over South Grand River old channel on MNA Railroad (Former MpPac)
August 31, 2018: Added
MoPac Mormon Fork Bridge (Bates County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Mormon Fork on MNA Railroad (former MO Pac)
August 31, 2018: Added
Byrds Creek Bridge (Cumberland County, Tennessee)
7-span stone arch bridge over dam that impounds Byrds Creek on State Highway 419 in Cumberland Mountain State Park
August 19, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: History information
Meadow Street Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Second Creek on Meadow Street
August 12, 2018: Added
QO&KC Waddell "A" Truss Bridge (Clinton County, Missouri)
Waddell "A" through truss bridge over Linn Branch on QO&KC RR, Later county Route D
August 12, 2018: Added
May Avenue Bridge (Oklahoma County, Oklahoma)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Canadian River (Oklahoma River) on Oklahoma City, OK
August 3, 2018: New photos
May Avenue Bridge (Oklahoma County, Oklahoma)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Canadian River (Oklahoma River) on Oklahoma City, OK
August 2, 2018: Added
W Locust Creek Bridge (Sullivan County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over W Locust Creek on Mo 6 E
August 2, 2018: New Street View added
MoPAC Railroad overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Private road on Mo Pac (now UP) RR
August 2, 2018: New photos
Beaver Creek Railroad Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Lost Bridge over Beaver Creek on Fort Smith & Western Railway
August 1, 2018: Added
Mississippi River Headwater Rock Bridge (Clearwater County, Minnesota)
Bridge over Mississippi River on foot path
July 29, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Civilian Conservation Corps"
Johnson Gap Road Overpass (Anderson County, Tennessee)
Timber stringer bridge over CSX Railroad on Johnson Gap Road
July 27, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Open again per comment and NBI 2015.
KCCC&StJ - Liberty Viaduct (E) (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Former Milwaukee Road RR (currently UP?) on Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Interurban
July 26, 2018: New photo
Interurban Road Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Wildcat Branch on NW Interurban Road in Kansas City
July 26, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Interurban", "Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Railway"
Junction Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Mt Zion Road
July 26, 2018: Added
BNSF Short Creek Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Short Creek on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
QO&KC Smithville Railroad Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Platte River on Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City RR
July 11, 2018: Added
RI Edgerton Junction bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR / Road
July 7, 2018: Added
Mellon Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Mellon Bridge Road
July 7, 2018: Added
ATSF Los Animas Bridge (Bent County, Colorado)
Lost Bridge over Arkansas River on ATSF
June 30, 2018: Added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Missouri Pacific Railroad"
Silver Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Silver Creek on US Hwy 166
June 16, 2018: Added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Essay added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Carrothers & Crouch"
Old US 31 Bridge (Jefferson County, Alabama)
Concrete stringer bridge over an abandoned railroad (CSX) right of way on an abandoned section of US 31
June 5, 2018: New photos
NS - Gibralter Road Overpass (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Gibralter Road on Reading Railroad (NS)
June 4, 2018: New Street View added
NS - Gibralter Road Overpass (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Gibralter Road on Reading Railroad (NS)
June 4, 2018: Added
Old Gibralter Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Schuylkill River on Gibralter Road
June 4, 2018: Added
B&O - Teter Creek Bridge (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Lost Bridge over Teter Creek on B&O Grafton and Belington Branch
May 29, 2018: Added
Laurel Creek Bridge (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Girder bridge over Laurel Creek on County Route 12/8
May 29, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added railroad name
Sans Bois Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned truss bridge over Sans Bois Creek on possible former alignment of OK 2
May 28, 2018: Added
Old OK 2 Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over Abandoned Railroad cut. on Old OK 2.
May 28, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
OK 2 Old Beaver Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on OK 2/OK 31 west of Kinta
May 28, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted replacement
Old OK 2 Canadian River Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Lost Bridge over Canadian River on OK 2
May 28, 2018: Added
Mule Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Mule Creek
May 27, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probably location
BNSF - Yellowstone River Bridge (Yellowstone County, Montana)
Bridge over Yellowstone River on Railroad
May 26, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Northern Pacific Railroad"

Recent Comments 

Posted October 20, 2018

Jeremy may have reopened hope for this one. It looks too big for an easy (relatively) relocation. Anyone imagine a scenario where this bridge is savable in situ? NRHP seems like a place to start.

Posted October 19, 2018

If the county owns it, what does that mean for the chance of recognition and preservation?

Posted October 18, 2018

In 1905 the railroad was the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway.

In 1963 the track was owned by New York Central. The railfans can probably fill in the blanks.

Posted October 18, 2018

That's some good hunting Luke.

Posted October 16, 2018

Touring coach GVWR 53,000 lb or roughly 25 tons. Find and fine the bozo and his company.

https://www.prevostcar.com/sites/default/files/attachments/h...

Moxham Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 14, 2018

The Moxham Historic District is located directly south of this bridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxham_Historic_District

Posted October 12, 2018

It's pretty common for plowing to encroach on public rights of way. Rural folks (I was once among them) actively discourage people from coming around their property due to the ease with which thefts can occur in isolated areas. The county highway department has the legally correct information on where the public can freely travel.

You don't need a plat book. The online GIS and a verification call to the county should get accurate information.

Posted October 12, 2018

The bridge is closed as of 12 Oct 18 due to damage from flood debris.

Posted October 12, 2018

I've seen occasional mistakes due to slow updates, but it might be worth a call to the county to verify ownership. Their GIS shows this bridge and roadway as county property.

https://maps.camavision.com/pikemo?pin=010930000000005000

Posted October 11, 2018

The true mystery is why there are a bunch of holes in the weights....

Posted October 8, 2018

If the specs were for concrete fill on their columns they need to hunt down the contractor for repairs.

Posted October 7, 2018

This was the site of the Yellow Brick Road scenes in the movie "The Wiz" (1978).

Lowe Bridge (Illinois)
Posted October 7, 2018

The 1974 quad shows this as open and confirms the placename as Lowe Bridge.

Posted October 5, 2018

The plaque has "Milwaukee" on it but I can't distinguish which of the four builder categories it might be. Perhaps someone familiar with the companies' plaques may recognize more.

Posted September 30, 2018

It might be that a quick phone call or email would confirm this.