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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Looking SE

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

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West lattice

CP - Cheyenne River Bridge (Pennington County, South Dakota)
A beautiful geometry.

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Recent Updates 

Mineral Creek MO 2 Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Mineral Creek on MO 2
March 23, 2017: New Street View added
Black Jack Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Black Jack Creek on Route E
March 23, 2017: New Street View added
Buffalo Creek Retreat Bridge (Medina County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Hubbard Creek on Pedestrian trail
March 22, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Relocated"
Frisco Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Cherry Creek on South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (Former Frisco)
March 22, 2017: New Street View added
Trib. To Four Mile Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Trib. To Four Mile Creek on Rd. 23-J.4 (SW Star Rd)
March 22, 2017: New Street View added
Hallowell Road Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Bridge over Tributary of Cherry Creek on SW Hallowell Rd
March 22, 2017: New Street View added
Cow Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Cow Creek on NE Stat Valley Rd
March 22, 2017: New Street View added
Cow Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Cow Creek on NE Stat Valley Rd
March 21, 2017: Added
Hallowell Road Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Bridge over Tributary of Cherry Creek on SW Hallowell Rd
March 21, 2017: Added
Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Cherry Creek, 2.6 mi. south and 0.7 mi. west of Hallowell
March 21, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Bridge has been replaced
Frisco Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Cherry Creek on South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (Former Frisco)
March 21, 2017: Added
Denny Branch Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Arch bridge over Denny Branch
March 21, 2017: New Street View added
Trib. To Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Slab bridge over Trib. To Cherry Creek on Rd. 11-H.7 (NW Bethlehem Rd)
March 21, 2017: Added
Trib. To Four Mile Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Trib. To Four Mile Creek on Rd. 23-J.4 (SW Star Rd)
March 21, 2017: Added
Branch Cow Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Cow Creek, 3.0 mi. north and 1.0 mi. west of Lawton
March 21, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Bridge has been replaced
KCS Poney Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Bridge over Poney Creek on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 20, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "railroad", "Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad"
Old Hwy 3 (Yazoo County, Mississippi)
Bridge over McGraw Rd and Railroad
March 19, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Illinois Central Railroad", "Canadian National Railway"
Old Highway 3 Short Creek Bridge (Yazoo County, Mississippi)
Bridge over Short Creek on Old Highway 3
March 19, 2017: Added
South Fork Ninnescah River Bridge (Pratt County, Kansas)
Lost concrete tee beam bridge over South Fork Ninnescah River on US 54 Hwy
March 14, 2017: Added
Ninnescah River Bridge (Pratt County, Kansas)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Ninnescah River on US 54 Hwy
March 14, 2017: Added
North Branch Elm Creek Bridge (Pratt County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over North Branch Elm Creek on Coats Cutoff Road (RS 5016)
March 14, 2017: Added
ATSF Springdale bridge (Pratt County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Tributary of Turkey Creek and road on Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (originally AT&SF)
March 14, 2017: Added
Santa Fe Turkey Creek Bridge (Pratt County, Kansas)
Bridge over Turkey Creek on ATSF RR (Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad)
March 14, 2017: Added
Main Street Bridge (McDonald County, Missouri)
Concrete slab bridge over Beaver Branch on Main Street in Anderson
March 6, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Frisco Marmaton Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Bridge over Marmaton River on BNSF (former Frisco)
March 6, 2017: Added
Blue Star Highway Bridge (Sussex County, Virginia)
Pony truss bridge over Nottoway River on Blue Star Highway
March 5, 2017: New Street View added
Blue Star Highway Bridge (Sussex County, Virginia)
Pony truss bridge over Nottoway River on Blue Star Highway
March 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Unnamed Stream Bridge (Nemaha County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed stream on a county road, 4.5 mi. east and 9.7 mi. south of Johnson
March 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Pinned location
Little Muddy Creek Bridge (Nemaha County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Little Muddy Creek on a county road
March 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Location pinned
Cane Creek bridge (Lee County, Virginia)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Cane Creek on Highway 421
March 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Katy Little Drywood Creek Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Truss bridge over Little Dry Wood Creek on MNA RR (Former MKT)
March 3, 2017: Added
Marmaton River 575 Road Bridge (Vernon County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Marmaton River on S 575 Rd
March 3, 2017: Added
Mineral Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over Mineral Creek on MO Route D
March 3, 2017: Added
Blackwater River Bridge (Saline County, Missouri)
Abandoned truss bridge over Blackwater River on Unimproved road
March 2, 2017: Added
215th KCS underpass (Cass County, Missouri)
Bridge over 215th St. on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 2, 2017: Added
KCS Poney Creek Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Bridge over Poney Creek on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 2, 2017: Added
Burr's Ferry Bridge (Newton County, Texas)
Parker through truss bridge over Sabine River on TX 63/LA 8
February 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Big Eagle Creek Bridge (McCurtain County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on D4710 (Old OK 21)
February 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
Kistler Hill Bridge (Vermilion County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge
February 22, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Brick railing"
Running Water Draw Bridge (Curry County, New Mexico)
Beam bridge over Running Water Draw on NM-108
February 19, 2017: Added
Deer Creek Tributary Bridge (Anderson County, Kansas)
Stone arch bridge over Deer Creek Tributary
January 22, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Bridge has been replaced
Big Cedar Creek Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Big Cedar Creek on 16-R Local, 0.5 mi. south and 0.6 mi. east of Altoona
January 22, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Riveted", "Lally columns"
Great Bend Bridge (Barton County, Kansas)
Lost bridge over Arkansas River on US 281 at Great Bend
January 21, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
US 9 CRR of NJ Bridge (Middlesex County, New Jersey)
Bridge over Central Railroad of New Jersey on US 9
January 20, 2017: New Street View added
Busseron Creek Bridge (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Concrete arch bridge over Busseron Creek on CR 900 North
January 19, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Bridge has been replaced
US 9 CRR of NJ Bridge (Middlesex County, New Jersey)
Bridge over Central Railroad of New Jersey on US 9
January 19, 2017: Added
Guadalupe River Bridge (Comal County, Texas)
Parker through truss bridge over Guadalupe River on Southbound US 281 in Canyon Lake
January 15, 2017: New Street View added
Delaware River Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Delaware River on Missouri Pacific Railroad
January 11, 2017: Added
Lost SW 700th Rd Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Old Rock Island Line on SW 700th Rd, SW 1601st Rd
January 7, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
Camelback Bridge (Snyder County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Penns Creek on Mill Road (SR 1014)
January 5, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete Asterisk Railing"

Recent Comments 

Posted March 23, 2017

ELI5...What am I missing about this structure?

Posted March 23, 2017

OK railfans--what is the purpose of the cribbing around the pilings? Is the assumption that debris will only be a problem when the river is higher?

Posted March 22, 2017
Posted March 21, 2017
Posted March 15, 2017

The street view on 15 Mar 17 shows the MO side gated and posted as closed. Seems like a good idea.

Posted March 13, 2017

Fairman Lake was built in the '30s as a private reservoir, perhaps marketed as a fishing lake. The road and bridge were probably built at that time and may have been designed and built by a private contractor.

It would be interesting to see if there's evidence of how the deck was attached.

Posted March 12, 2017

This one may have been linked to the incorrect NBI information.

Posted March 10, 2017

Hi Ciara:

Also check out a comment below from a possible relative with his email address.

Let us know what you find out.

Posted March 8, 2017

The Air Line opened between Jan 1891 and Mar 1892. It was built by the man who later founded the Kansas City Southern RR, Arthur Stillwell. http://www.arthurstilwell.com/timeline.html

Posted March 5, 2017

It appears the street view is the replacement.

Something to panic the public
Posted March 5, 2017

Does your commute cross a "functionally obsolete" bridge?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/structurall...

Posted March 3, 2017

This may be a Whipple.

Posted March 2, 2017

The original RoW followed a less direct route and avoided the river crossings up to 95th St. Parts of the old RoW have been converted to a trail.

Posted February 28, 2017

Without a look at the steel I can't say for sure whether the railings act as part of the structure. It may just be a deck arch but they are fairly substantial.

Someone got trigger-happy clicking the rainbow designation.

Re: Meanwhile, in Wichita
Posted February 27, 2017

So many possible jokes here, even ignoring Kansas politics. I don't want to be the first to take the plunge....