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South Portal Bracing

Augusta Vicinity Whitewater River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
A zoom lens allowed me to capture the back side of the south portal bracing. This photo was taken from the north end of the bridge.

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Recent Updates 

Milford Lake Kingpost Truss (Clay County, Kansas)
Abandoned kingpost pony truss bridge over Milford Lake Tributary on Abandoned Road
May 28, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Milford Lake Kingpost Truss (Clay County, Kansas)
Abandoned kingpost pony truss bridge over Milford Lake Tributary on Abandoned Road
May 28, 2018: Added
Big Hill Creek 3600 Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on a local road, 1.0 mi. north and 0.5 mi. east of Liberty
April 15, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Laced endposts"
West 14th Avenue Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Two-span through truss bridge over Walnut River on West 14th Avenue in Winfield
February 21, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Heizer Bridge (Barton County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Walnut Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Heizer
February 18, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Modified Status.
Diamond Creek Bridge (Chase County, Kansas)
Lost two-span stone arch bridge over Diamond Creek, 1.5 mi. north and 0.4 mi. east of Elmdale
January 24, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost
NW 4th Street-Whitewater River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Slab bridge over Whitewater River on Local 31c5-25-4
December 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Whitewater River (Kansas)"
Bois D'Arc Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Little Walnut River, 3.8 mi. east and 0.5 mi. north of Gordon
December 29, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed
Branch Twin Creek Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Twin Creek, 9.0 mi. south and 1.8 mi. east of Osborne
December 28, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Bedstead", "Bedstead Warren pony truss"
Coffey County Historical Museum Truss Bridge (Coffey County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge on Boardwalk
December 14, 2017: Added
Memorial Drive Pedestrian Bridge (Crawford County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Unnamed Creek on Path
December 13, 2017: New Street View added
Memorial Drive Pedestrian Bridge (Crawford County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Unnamed Creek on Path
December 13, 2017: Added
Elm Creek Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Elm Creek, 1.5 mi. south and 3.5 mi. east of Schroyer
December 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Nemaha County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.3 mi. south and 5.0 mi. west of Centralia
December 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Nemaha County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek, 2.3 mi. south and 5.0 mi. west of Centralia
December 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed
Dandridge Bridge (Jefferson County, Tennessee)
1 3-span Warren cantilevered through truss bridge with polygonal top chords over French Broad River on State Highway 92 in Dandridge
November 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "French Broad River"
Deer Creek Bridge (Nemaha County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 2.0 mi. west of Berwick
November 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Date, Design, and Builder.
Deer Creek Bridge (Nemaha County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 2.0 mi. west of Berwick
November 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Seevers Manufacturing Co."
CN - Tallahatchee River Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Tallahatchee River on IC
October 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Tallahatchie River"
Porter's Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Bridge over Tallahatchie River
October 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Tallahatchie River"
Porter's Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Bridge over Tallahatchie River
October 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Tallahatchie River Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Through truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on MS 6 / US 278 west of Batesville
October 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Little Tallahatchie River Bridge to Alternate Name Field.
Tallahatchie River Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Through truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on MS 6 / US 278 west of Batesville
October 18, 2017: New Street View added
Tallahatchie River Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Through truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on MS 6 / US 278 west of Batesville
October 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed information to reflect that this bridge does in fact cross the Tallahatchie River.
Tallahatchie River Bridge (Panola County, Mississippi)
Through truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on MS 6 / US 278 west of Batesville
October 17, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Future Prospects.
Big Rocky Fork Iron Bridge (Parke County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Big Rocky Fork Creek on CR 700S east of Mansfield
October 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Laced endposts"
Hitchen Creek Bridge (Elk County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Hitchen Creek
September 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated status and status description. Open to private traffic.
Smoky Hill River Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on 1st Street
August 31, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Corrected Street Name.
Third Street Bridge (Ottawa County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over Pipe Creek on 3rd Street in Minneapolis
August 23, 2017: New photos
Belleville Bowstring Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Hiking Trail
August 23, 2017: New photo
Larrick Park Bridge (Norton County, Kansas)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge stored in park
August 22, 2017: New photos
Prairie Dog Golf Course Lattice Truss Bridge (Norton County, Kansas)
Lattice pony truss bridge over a creek in Prairie Dog Golf Course on a golf cart trail
August 22, 2017: New photos
Belleville Bowstring Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Hiking Trail
August 22, 2017: New photos
Valkommen Trail - Smoky Hill River Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on Valkommen Trail.
August 22, 2017: New photos
Smoky Hill River Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on 1st Street
August 22, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status - open to pedestrians only.
Smoky Hill River Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on 1st Street
August 22, 2017: New photos
Republican River Pegram Truss Bridge (Cloud County, Kansas)
Three-span through truss bridge over Republican River on 190th Road (RS 566), northeast of Concordia
August 22, 2017: New photos
Mulberry Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Texas)
Relocated Bedstead pony truss bridge. Formerly Hermis Road (CR 424) over Mulberry Creek
August 17, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Old US 36 Viaduct (Doniphan County, Kansas)
Concrete through girder bridge over abandoned UP/CRI&P railroad grade
August 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Incorporated new NBI Data
Old US 36 Viaduct (Doniphan County, Kansas)
Concrete through girder bridge over abandoned UP/CRI&P railroad grade
August 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Incorporated new Data.
Grasshopper Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Grasshopper Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 0.6 mi. west of Muscotah
August 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Estimated build date of 1890.
Cedar Creek-King Rd. Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on King Road (Abandoned)
August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Little Walnut Creek Bowstring Bridge (Crawford County, Kansas)
Bowstring Pony Truss Bridge over Little Walnut Creek
August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Old Military Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Abandoned bowstring through truss bridge over Marmaton River on 240th Street
August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Austin Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Relocated Bowstring through truss bridge over Little Turkey Creek
August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Grasshopper Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Grasshopper Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 0.6 mi. west of Muscotah
August 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Bachelor Creek Bridge (Greenwood County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Bachelor Creek on County Road
July 31, 2017: Added
Antelope Creek Bridge (Graham County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Antelope Creek, 1.1 mi. north and 2.3 mi. west of Morland
July 31, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories and moved pin.
Fourmile Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Fourmile Creek, 1.4 mi. east and 2.2 mi. south of Melrose
July 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to correct bridge and added Ottawa Co. Oklahoma to Other Location.
Elk Creek Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Elk Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 2.5 mi. west of Erie
July 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories - and removed Kansas Default Date of ca. 1910.

Recent Comments 

Posted July 12, 2018

Hi Priscilla:

Thanks for the update. I figured that this bridge would not be here much longer. Wilson County is now nearly devoid of historic highway bridges.

Posted July 4, 2018

Perhaps it glows green...

Posted July 3, 2018

1913 makes much more sense to me than 1923 as a construction date. By 1923, the pin-connected era was over. Even 1913 is rather late for a pin-connected bridge, but this particular structure was built in a rural area where pin-connected technology might have still been in use, albeit on the wane.

This bridge is rather heavily built for such as small bridge. Thus, it probably does date to the latter part of the pin-connected era. Thus, it looks exactly like what I would expect a 1913 pin-connected Pratt pony truss to look like.

Whenever I see a pin-connected truss with a post-1920 construction date, I always assume that the date is either an error, or a relocation/rehabilitation date.

This bridge was obviously narrowed when it was moved to the museum. Although I always prefer to see a bridge maintained at its proper width, the county deserves praise for preserving the most important aspects of this bridge. Such preservation is far preferable to demolition.

Kern Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted June 27, 2018

Thanks to Nathan for the update. The collapse of this bridge would be one of the worst losses of a bridge since the founding of this website - potentially THE worst.

Posted June 14, 2018

This bridge has been in the news lately. I will try to attach some links when I'm on the computer. I'm having a little trouble attaching links from my smartphone tonight.

There has been a large Log Jam getting wedged against this bridge. There is always a danger that this could be used as a reason to demolish the bridge. That is exactly what happened with a Stone Arch Bridge in Chase County.

There is now a move under way to try to get this bridge listed in the National register of historic places. From what I understand, the County Commissioners are opposed to having the bridge listed.

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted June 4, 2018

Flood stage = flooding.

Flooding = flood stage.

A river cannot flood without hitting flood stage.

Posted June 3, 2018

If there is any good news out of this demolition thus far, at least it was the newer truss that was dropped in to the river. The 1960s bridge is obviously far less significant than the 1907 Bridge although it would be best if we did not lose either one.

I REALLY hope that there is some chance of saving the 1907 Bridge.

Posted May 31, 2018

Somebody appears to have gotten a current photograph of the interior of the original 1852 Kingwood Tunnel. The tunnel appears to be in shockingly good condition save for being partially flooded.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1241070

What an incredible rail-trail this would be if only the railroad would allow a short parallel trail leading out of Tunnelton! Of course, this assumes that the tunnel could be opened and repaired safely.

Posted May 28, 2018

Upon further review...

This bridge DOES appear to have Cruciform Outriggers. This is a very significant bridge. It deserves to be preserved, probably away from the shoreline.

Posted May 28, 2018

A photograph of this bridge was just posted to the Facebook Group "Old and Interesting Places in Kansas.

This is a very old Kingpost truss bridge. It has latticed verticals and rests on built up latticed bents. It has an unusual looking floorbeam as well.

The bridge has outriggers, one of which is bent. I cannot tell from the photograph if these outriggers are cruciform or not.

This is truly an awesome Kingpost, but it is in serious danger. It is partially inundated by the waters of Milford Lake.

Posted May 19, 2018

For those of us who are not railroad experts, where was bridge 553A? I am guessing the answer is not available on Google.

Posted May 19, 2018

John:

There is still a truss bridge on the west side of town. It now serves as a rail trail. The chanelization project started just east of that bridge.

Posted May 19, 2018

The Marais des Cygnes River has been channelized through the entire Ottawa area. I suspect that this channelization process led to the destruction of any remaining historic bridges over the river in Ottawa.

This area once had an incredible collection of truss bridges, some of which were very ornate.

Ottawa
Posted May 19, 2018

7th Street would have crossed the Marais des Cygnes River on the east side of Ottawa.

It is interesting to see people canoeing on the river in this old photo. Today, it is unlawful to canoe on most rivers in Kansas.

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted May 19, 2018

James:

Thanks for doing the investigation. I have no doubt than Adnama will create a new website with copyrighted material again. We must be vigilant.