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 

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)
Bridge
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
Branch Black Vermillion River-Utah Rd. Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Black Vermillion River, 1.5 mi. south and 0.5 mi. east of Vermillion
July 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Pin-connected"
Severn's Bridge (Gibson County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Patoka River on Old IN 65
July 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Topo info
Stinking Creek Bridge No. 2 (Campbell County, Tennessee)
Concrete arch bridge over Stinking Creek on Laurel Branch Road
June 28, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Moreau Tunnel (Cole County, Missouri)
Abandoned tunnel on Missouri Pacific Railroad
June 26, 2017: Added
North Boggy Creek Bridge (Atoka County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over North Boggy Creek on Tellico Rd (old US 69)
June 26, 2017: New Street View added
Memorial Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete tee beam bridge over W.Br. Little Antietam Creek on Pa 16; Sr 0016
June 20, 2017: New Street View added
Business Park Road Bridge (Camden County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over North Fork Linn Creek on Business Park Road (Old US 54)
June 9, 2017: New Street View added
Waddell "A" Truss Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge originally spanning Linn Branch Creek in Clinton County near Trimble, but relocated to English Landing Park in Parkville spanning Rush Creek
June 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City Railroad"
Lincoln Highway Yankee Creek Bridge (Cedar County, Iowa)
Lost Bridge over Yankee Run on Lincoln Highway
June 4, 2017: Added
91st Street Overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over E. 91st Street on Kansas City Southern Railway
June 3, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete encased steel stringer"
Tributary of Little Tavern Creek Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Little Tavern Creek on Rock Island Railroad
May 30, 2017: Added
Wyomissing Creek Bridge at Museum Road (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Deck arch bridge over Wyomissing Creek on Museum Road
May 28, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete balustrade"
Marble Creek Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Marble Creek on G Road
May 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: NBI and other facts
Collins Ford Bridge (Ripley County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Big Graham Creek on K Road
May 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Located on map

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted August 10, 2017

This bridge was the location of a notorious murder in December 1986.

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

Posted August 10, 2017

Great railing. I wish we had some information on the age, designer, etc.

Posted August 9, 2017

Cor-Ten still lives on.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/nyregion/building-with-wea...

If fabricated with its limitations in mind it works. But it has quite a record of failure, including Atlanta's Omni.

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/22/arts/sculptor-s-ordeal-wit...

Posted August 9, 2017

US 70 was commissioned in 1926, so this bridge probably never carried it.

Posted August 8, 2017

That's what I was looking for, Nathan. I saw several references to the Neosho power plant but couldn't figure out if it was by the river or the town of Neosho. Good old Parsons Sun.

Gas generators make sense considering the large amount of gas in the ground around here. This raises the question of why they needed a rail bridge if not to move coal. They ran a rail line to the original plant site but putting up a bridge just to build on the other side of the river seems like a lot of expense. The people I knew who might remember are long gone.

Posted August 8, 2017

This appears to have been the site of a power plant, located between the lake and the river. I don't see any trace of it now other than some disturbed ground. It's hard to find info on what was here, what became of it, or even a name.

Guessing, KS added a lot of generating capacity in the 1920s and closed down a number of older plants over the last 30 years as utility companies consolidated. From the air currently it looks like switching gear in the enclosures.

Posted August 6, 2017

The 2007 county highway map shows it present but closed.

Posted August 6, 2017

Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, opened 1942, closed 2005.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/aap-kansas.h...

HAER does not mention a power generating facility associated with the plant.

https://cdn.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/ks/ks0000/ks0074/dat...

Jones Bridge (South Carolina)
Posted August 6, 2017

Just a guess, but the 1956 NBI build date makes me think this was relocated at that time.

Posted July 27, 2017

The "exhibit" feature for a county on this site will show a map of all the listings. I use that as a start when examining an area for unlisted bridges.

Frog Bridge (Connecticut)
Posted July 25, 2017

I'm so glad to see photos!

Posted July 25, 2017

Checking old county and topo maps I don't see any roads in this location in the past. It's hard to judge the width from the photos but this may be some sort of water control structure. There appears to be another structure to the west.

Posted July 25, 2017

If you zoom out a/o look at old maps you'll see this river has wandered around its valley quite a bit over the years. It appears they still haven't channelized it much. Building anything in the flood zone is high risk. There may be some other abandoned spans lurking in the valley.