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 

Blackwater River Bridge (Saline County, Missouri)
Abandoned truss bridge over Blackwater River on Unimproved road
March 21, 2019: New photos
MRL - Yellowstone River Bridge (Park County, Montana)
Warren through truss bridge over Yellowstone River on Montana Rail Link
March 20, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Burlington Northern Railroad"
BNSF - Big Horn River Bridge (Big Horn County, Montana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Horn River on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
March 20, 2019: New photos
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)
Vertical lift bridge over Piscataqua River on US 1 Bypass in Portsmouth
March 19, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Harrington & Cortelyou"
Winfield Toll Bridge (Putnam County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Kanawha River on WV 34 in Winfield
March 19, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Harrington & Cortelyou"
Indian Creek Bridge (Washington County, Missouri)
Bridge over Indian Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 19, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
BNSF - Crow Agency Bridge (Big Horn County, Montana)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Bighorn River on BNSF Railway
March 12, 2019: New photos
BNSF Railroad over Trib Mississippi River (Pike County, Missouri)
Bridge over Tributary Mississippi River on BNSF Railway
March 11, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "BNSF Railway", "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad"
BNSF Railroad over Fox Creek (Pike County, Missouri)
Bridge over Fox Creek on BNSF Railway
March 11, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "BNSF Railway", "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad"
BNSF Railroad over Ramsey Creek (Pike County, Missouri)
Bridge over Ramsey Creek on BNSF Railway
March 11, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "BNSF Railway", "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad"
BNSF Railroad over Bryant's Creek (Pike County, Missouri)
Bridge over Bryant's Creek on BNSF Railway
March 11, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "BNSF Railway", "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad"
Straight Creek Bridge (Brown County, Ohio)
Pony truss bridge over Straight Creek on Old A&P Road
March 5, 2019: New Street View added
3rd Avenue Bridge (Stark County, Ohio)
Polygonal Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Sugar Creek on 3rd Ave
March 4, 2019: Added
Mile Load Road Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Deck truss bridge over the BNSF Railroad on Mile Load Road (TR 42)
February 24, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad"
Towpath Bridge (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Waddell "A" through truss bridge over Ohio & Erie Canal on Pedestrian Pathway
February 13, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Modern"
Mill Creek Aquaduct (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Bridge over Mill Creek on Ohio & Erie Canal and Towpath Trail
February 11, 2019: Added
Chessie - Cuyahoga River Bridge (Cuyahoga County, Ohio)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Cuyahoga River & Ohio & Erie Canal on Chessie System
February 11, 2019: New Street View added
Dismal Swamp Canal Bridge (Chesapeake, Virginia)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Dismal Swamp Canal on US ROUTE 17
February 6, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Harrington & Cortelyou"
RI Banner Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Bridge over Banner Creek on CRI&P RR
February 4, 2019: Added
Milwaukee River Bridge (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Milwaukee River on Green Bay Street (WI 33) in Saukville
February 4, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Worden-Allen Co."
Miller Road Bridge (Gogebic County, Michigan)
Pony truss bridge over Cisco Branch Ontonagon River on Miller Road
February 3, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Worden-Allen Co."
Sleepy Valley Loop Bridge (Douglas County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss bridge over Middle River on Sleepy Valley
February 3, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Worden-Allen Co."
Woodland Road Bridge (Alger County, Michigan)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Au Train River on Woodland Road
February 3, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: NRHP listed
RI - Bill's Creek Tributary Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Abandoned pony/through girder bridge over Bill's Creek
February 3, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railway"
Abandoned MoPac - Tunnel (St. Francois County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge on Iron Mountain Railroad
February 2, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Mystery"
Chicago & Alton, MoPac crossing (Jackson County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over KCS (Chicago & Alton) on Union Pacific RR (MoPac)
January 31, 2019: Added
Chicago & Alton, MoPac crossing (Jackson County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over KCS (Chicago & Alton) on Union Pacific RR (MoPac)
January 31, 2019: New photos
RI - Big Creek Tributary Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Unnamed Big Creek Tributary on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
January 1, 2019: New photos
Frisco Highline - East Fork East Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Abandoned pile trestle over East Branch East Creek on former Frisco Railway "Highline"
January 1, 2019: New Street View added
Frisco Highline - East Fork East Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Abandoned pile trestle over East Branch East Creek on former Frisco Railway "Highline"
January 1, 2019: Photo imported
Frisco Miller's Hollow Creek Trestle (Cass County, Missouri)
Abandoned stringer bridge over Miller's Hollow Creek on Former Frisco High Line
January 1, 2019: New photo
Millers Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Millers Creek on Peculiar Dr S (Old US 71)
January 1, 2019: New photo
IC - West Frankfort Overpass (Franklin County, Illinois)
Lost Girder bridge
January 1, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
PC - Harrisburg (Saline County, Illinois)
Bridge over Bankston Fork on Penn Central (New York Central)
December 30, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
C&BL - NSRR Bridge at Bend (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss over NSRR on C&BL
December 30, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad"
C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend (Cambria County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned deck truss bridge over Conemaugh River on Conemaugh & Black Lick RR
December 30, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad"
Frisco - East Fork Grand River Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
SLSF Frisco Railway "Highline" Bridge -- Clinton Subdivision
December 27, 2018: New photos
Frisco trestle (Cass County, Missouri)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Tributary of East Branch South Grand River on St. Louis San Francisco High Line
December 27, 2018: Added
Frisco trestle (Cass County, Missouri)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Tributary of East Branch South Grand River on St. Louis San Francisco High Line
December 27, 2018: New photos
Frisco Highline - Wolf Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Abandoned girder bridge over Wolf Creek on former Frisco Railway "Highline"
December 27, 2018: New photos
East Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over East Creek on Old US 71
December 27, 2018: New photo
Frisco - East Creek Tributary Trestle (Cass County, Missouri)
Abandoned stringer bridge over Tributary to East Creek on Frisco RR
December 27, 2018: New photo
Big Creek Bridge (Henry County, Iowa)
Truss bridge over Big Creek on Pipeline
December 21, 2018: Added
UP - Saint Johns Creek Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)
Bridge over Saint Johns Creek on Union Pacific Railroad (Former MoPac)
December 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Missouri Pacific Railroad"
KCS - Stadium Drive Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Concrete encased steel stringer bridge over Stadium Drive (former Raytown Road) on Kansas City Southern Railway
December 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete encased steel stringer"
Pleasant View Road-Sanatoga Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Sanatoga Creek on Pleasant View Road
December 15, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete encased steel stringer"
Branch Medicine Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Medicine Creek on a county road
December 11, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted loss
MKT - Paris Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Lost Post through truss bridge over Middle Fork Salt River on MK&T RR
December 5, 2018: Added
Power Site Bridge (Texas County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Piney River near Houston
December 3, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
Ladder Creek Bridge (Greeley County, Kansas)
Culvert bridge over Ladder Creek on Rs 288
December 2, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted March 23, 2019

The 1948 Shell Oil Oklahoma highway map shows OK 2 as unpaved and not crossing the county line. The 1969 topo shows a paved road crossing into Pittsburg County and this route as an unpaved road. This is almost certainly the old alignment of OK 2.

Posted March 21, 2019

Some answers from a visit today but some questions as well. The plaque supposedly came from the end on the main span. The 1877 date seems early and doesn't match the concrete pier on the south end. I was told the approach on the north was riveted and arched. I tried to clarify whether the truss was a regular pony or a bowstring. I got answers that always pointed to it having been a bowstring. It was damaged and scrapped some years ago.

I'll add an essay on the history as recounted to me. More questions there as well.

Posted March 20, 2019

The pictures here do not show this bridge or its replacement.

Posted March 20, 2019

I'm really glad you got there to take the pictures. This is an interesting bridge and I hope the cut section was a one-time thing.

Posted March 19, 2019

Recent spur to mine. Not on 1948 15' quad, shown as MoPac on 1981 7.5' quad.

Posted March 5, 2019

Looking closely I can see the bolted connections where the three pieces were assembled on site.

I wonder if this is a possible location for the lost double bowstring currently believed to have been on the other crossing nearby.

Posted March 4, 2019

NBI claims a 1997 build date. Earlier editions show a 1913 bridge with a 1979 rehab date.

Posted February 25, 2019

The NBI shows 1931 but it has more errors than a Royals game. This looks a lot newer.

Posted February 24, 2019

I'm not sure whether to make anything of this but the 1948 topo shows the kink in the road and a 562 benchmark. The 1925 maps shows a straight road and a 553 benchmark. This makes me think the current bridge went in during this time period on a slightly different alignment.

Posted February 22, 2019

The ones I see around here are usually on driven pilings or poured concrete. I like the stone--it lends an air of permanence that most of these wooden structures lack.

Posted February 22, 2019

Unusual stone footings?

Posted February 22, 2019

Might this be a double intersection warren bedstead?

Posted February 3, 2019

There's probably another one 3/4 mile further north, center of NE 1/4 of section 22.

Posted February 3, 2019

The concrete piers resemble the 1903 bridge on the Rock Island near Pleasant Hill, MO and several others along this 1902-1904 built line.

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/cass/bh58913/

The next bridge south may be older.

Posted February 3, 2019

The 1895 topo shows the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad which later became Railway, originally financed by CRI&P. When they defaulted they were absorbed by the CRI&P by 1891.

If the bridges were from 1903 they were placed by the CRI&P.