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 

B&O Bollman Truss over Georges Creek (Mineral County, West Virginia)
Bollman through truss bridge over Georges Creek on B&O RR
April 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Possible location
MP Deadman Creek (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Deck truss bridge over Deadman Creek on Former MP Railroad
April 14, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "American Bridge Co."
Canadian Pacific Railway Arch (Scranton) (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over drainage on CPRR
April 12, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad"
Old IL 127 Beaver Creek Bridge (Bond County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Beaver Creek on Former State Route 127 in Greenville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
Stacey Dillard Blvd Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Delaware Creek on Stacey Dillard Blvd
April 7, 2018: Added
Houston Street Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Delaware Creek on Houston St
April 7, 2018: Added
Main Street Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Delaware Creek on Main, St (US 82 Business)
April 7, 2018: Added
Delaware Creek Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over Delaware Creek on Cedar Street and Church St in Clarksville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
FM 909 Delaware Creek Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Delaware Creek on S. Walnut St (FM 909) in Clarksville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
Unnamed creek Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Culvert bridge over Unnamed creek on W. 6th Avenue (old US 50)
April 7, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
CSX - VA601 Overpass (James City County, Virginia)
Arch bridge over Route 601 on C&O Railroad
April 2, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "CSX Railroad"
James Madison Highway Bridge (Fluvanna County, Virginia)
Lost through truss bridge over Rivanna River on James Madison Highway
April 2, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted replacement
LA 882 "zig-zag" at Joe's Bayou Bridge (East Carroll Parish, Louisiana)
Slab bridge over Joe'S Bayou on La0882
March 31, 2018: New Street View added
Fairway Pedestrian Underpass (Johnson County, Kansas)
Pedestrian tunnel under Shawnee Mission Pkwy
March 26, 2018: Added
Fairway Pedestrian Underpass (Johnson County, Kansas)
Pedestrian tunnel under Shawnee Mission Pkwy
March 26, 2018: New photos
FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge (collapsed) (Miami-Dade County, Florida)
Lost Cable-stayed bridge over US 41 and Tamiami Canal on pedestrian walkway
March 19, 2018: New video
Smoots Creek Old US 54 Bridge (Kingman County, Kansas)
Concrete girder bridge over Smoots Creek on Old US 54, 1.0 mi. south and 0.5 mi. east of Waterloo
March 12, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Old Hwy 65 Bridge (Greene County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Tributary of South Dry Sac River
March 6, 2018: New Street View added
Greene Street-Shawsheen River (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Lost Bridge over Shawsheen River on North Parish Road (Greene Street)
February 27, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Street name per 1944 topo quad
Vulcan Bridge (Mingo County, West Virginia)
Stringer bridge over Tug Fork on Local Road
February 26, 2018: New Street View added
Vulcan Bridge (Mingo County, West Virginia)
Stringer bridge over Tug Fork on Local Road
February 25, 2018: Added
Sand Creek Bridge (Osage County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Sand Creek on Okesa Rd.
February 21, 2018: Photos imported
S Dickerson Rd Bridge (Missaukee County, Michigan)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Clam River on S Dickerson Rd
February 18, 2018: Added
Douglas Creek Bridge (Rooks County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Douglas Creek, 0.1 mi. south and 2.9 mi. west of Woodston
February 18, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Removed I-25 category
Carr Creek Bridge (Mitchell County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Carr Creek, 1.1 mi. east and 5.0 mi. north of Tipton
February 18, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Changed 1912 build date to 1904 per NBI
Brush Creek pedestrian bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Timber arch bridge over Brush Creek on Walkway
January 18, 2018: Added
26th Street Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over McGee Trafficway on 26th Street
January 17, 2018: Added
Chittenden Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)
Lost Deck arch bridge over Yellowstone River on S Rim Drive
January 14, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Melan arch"
Sni-a-Bar Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Parker pony truss bridge over West Fork Sni-A-Bar Creek on NE Colbern Road
January 13, 2018: Added
Noland Road Little Blue Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Parker pony truss bridge over Little Blue River on South Noland Road (County V)
January 13, 2018: Added
Unnamed Stream Bridge (Osage County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Long Creek on E 325th St 66
January 4, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Camp Creek Old 64 Bridge (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma)
Steel stringer bridge over Camp Creek on Sequoyah St (Old US 64) southeast of Muldrow
December 31, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Three Bridges Hike-Bike Trail Platte River bridge (Buffalo County, Nebraska)
Girder bridge over Platte River on Three Bridges Hike-Bike Trail (Former CB&Q)
December 29, 2017: Added
Columbus & Ohio River Railroad Overpass (Coshocton County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Columbus and Ohio River Railroad on Township Road 166
December 29, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Pennsylvania Railroad"
Columbus & Ohio River Railroad Overpass (Coshocton County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Columbus and Ohio River Railroad on Township Road 166
December 29, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Columbus & Ohio River Railroad"
Hominy Creek Bridge (relocated) (Tulsa County, Oklahoma)
K-Parker through truss bridge over Tributary of Bird Creek on Private road
December 28, 2017: Added
Hominy Creek Bridge (Tulsa County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Hominy Creek on OK 11 in Tulsa
December 28, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted relocation
White Bridge Road Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Frankstown Branch Juniata River on White Bridge Road Bridge (T427)
December 26, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Recycled Turntable"
Selsa Road Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Selsa Road
December 26, 2017: New photo
North Elm Creek Trestle (Pratt County, Kansas)
Open deck pile trestle over North Elm Creek
December 25, 2017: Added
CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River on Central Kansas Railroad (abandoned)
December 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad"
Denverton Road Bridge (Solano County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Denverton Creek on Denverton Road
December 19, 2017: New Street View added
Marbury Creek Tributary Bridge (Barrow County, Georgia)
Concrete tee beam bridge on SR 11
December 8, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Pruitt Creek Bridge (Hart County, Georgia)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pruitt Creek on CR 159/Old US 29
December 8, 2017: New Street View added
Old Benton-Sardis Road Bridge (Saline County, Arkansas)
Bypassed concrete culvert on the Old Benton-Sardis Road (later AR 183) near Bauxite
December 4, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: NRHP info
ATSF Threemile Creek Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Threemile Creek on AT&SF RW
December 3, 2017: Added
Pensylvania Street Overpass (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over AT&SF RW on Pennsylvania St
December 3, 2017: Added
ATSF Maple Avenue Overpass (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Maple Avenue on AT&SF RW
December 3, 2017: Added
ATSF Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Tributary of Sevenmile Creek on AT&SF RR
December 3, 2017: Added
ATSF - Sevenmile Creek Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Stringer bridge over Sevenmile Creek on ATSF RR
December 3, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted April 23, 2018

Just speculation, I think steel plate girder spans would be longer. These short spans might be some early reinforced concrete girders. I'd want to look for exposed rebar as a clue to what the concrete covers.

Posted April 19, 2018

Note that this collapse is old news. There is currently a UCEB in place and all is open.

Posted April 18, 2018

Does anyone have a link to history of the mill complex? There are a lot of unanswered questions about this place.

Posted April 16, 2018
Posted April 16, 2018

I'll leave it to the rail experts to untangle the history, but based on comments on the linked page, it seems the bridge was built by the Georges Creek Railroad over the North Potomac rather the fairly small creek. The 1895 topo shows the RR as West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh. The other RR crossing in this area is marked as B&O in 1895.

Point of order
Posted April 16, 2018

Can we use a term other than "gloat plate"? When we recall back a century or more, bridges were often very important additions to a community. The leaders responsible for getting the money, and organizing the acquisition and construction of a bridge played an important role in the prosperity of their community. These "Dedication Plates" can be an expression of the gratitude of the community. Universally referring to them in a disparaging way does not seem to go along with our site-wide respect for the transportation accomplishments of those in the past.

Posted April 16, 2018

They seem to be significant modern structures. It's odd that they would be closed and up for adoption/demo.

Posted April 15, 2018

Any opinions on the materials on this one? The ashlar appears to be cast rather than cut.

Posted April 15, 2018

Any idea when the arches were built?

Posted April 13, 2018

There were a couple of through trusses over the Blackwater that are now UCEBs. I don't recall a Monkey Mountain in Johnson County. There is such a place east of Grain Valley in Jackson, probably farther than students would want to drive just to hang out. Talking with a local when I visited Hobblet Bottom he spoke of a through truss near there but thought it was abandoned long ago. I have not found a location such as he described.

This is the sort of thing I enjoy exploring.

Posted April 13, 2018

Check the adjusted pin position. Still shown in 2017 NBI.

Posted April 12, 2018

Well, this is a puzzler. This culvert was probably insignificant other than the great railings. Although the culvert was destroyed, the interesting part was preserved. Do we call this one demolished or preserved?

Posted April 7, 2018

Unusual railing design.

Posted April 7, 2018

The center pier in photo 3 looks different from photos 2 and 4.

Posted April 7, 2018

TIL--gephyrophobic - having a profound fear of bridges

The link mentions crossing at the roundhouse, the remains of which are still visible. The tracks on the east side are the older of the two, so the truss was probably over the east set of tracks.