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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 

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.
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
July 26, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Muddy Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Muddy Creek
July 26, 2017: Added
Old Route 52 Indian Creek Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Indian Creek on Private Road (Old US-52)
July 25, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited listing to reflect private ownership.
Riley Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Riley Creek, 6.0 mi. south and 1.8 mi. east of Belleville
July 24, 2017: New Street View added
Belleville Bowstring Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Hiking Trail
July 24, 2017: New Street View added
Belleville Bowstring Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Hiking Trail
July 24, 2017: Added
Salt Creek-Marble Rd. Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Salt Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Belleville
July 24, 2017: New Street View added
Salt Creek-Marble Rd. Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Salt Creek, 1.0 mi. north and 1.5 mi. east of Belleville
July 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Laced endposts"
Branch Neosho River Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Neosho River, 3.0 mi. west and 1.0 mi. south of Strauss
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to the general vicinity of the bridge - there are two bridges here.
Branch Mud Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Mud Creek, 9.0 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Valeda
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Little Labette Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Little Labette, 2.0 mi. east of Dennis
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Lake Creek-Pratt Rd. Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Lake Creek, 2.0 mi. west and 0.9 mi. south of Bartlett
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible, but questionable bridge location.
Branch Lake Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Lake Creek, 3.0 mi. west and 1.7 mi. north of Bartlett
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to probable bridge location.
Branch Lake Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Lake Creek, 1.4 mi. north and 3.2 mi. west of Bartlett
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to probable bridge location.
Branch Lake Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Lake Creek, 1.4 mi. north and 3.2 mi. west of Bartlett
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to probable bridge location.
Branch Labette Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Labette Creek, 0.7 mi. north of Chetopa
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Deer Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Deer Creek, 5.6 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Bartlett
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Deer Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Deer Creek, 1.0 mi. south and 0.9 mi. east of Altamont
July 21, 2017: New Street View added
Branch Deer Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Deer Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 3.0 mi. west of Edna
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to probable bridge location.
Branch Cherry Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Cherry Creek, 5.0 mi. west and 3.2 mi. south of Dennis
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Cherry Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Cherry Creek, 3.3 mi. south and 4.0 mi. west of Dennis
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Cherry Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Cherry Creek, 3.3 mi. south and 4.0 mi. west of Dennis
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to possible bridge location.
Branch Big Hill Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Big Hill Creek, 1.4 mi. south and 0.4 mi. east of Dennis
July 21, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to probable location.
Cox Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Cox Creek, 5.0 mi. north and 3.6 mi. east of Arma
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to where I think the bridge might have been - status unknown.
Drum Creek 5400 Rd. Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Drum Creek, 2.0 mi. north and 1.2 mi. west of Cherryvale
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin - probably lost.
Pumpkin Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Pumpkin Creek, 1.4 mi. west of Angola
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin.
Labette Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Labette Creek, 1.8 mi. north of Chetopa
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to where I think the bridge was located - appears to be lost.

Recent Comments 

Posted September 24, 2017

It looks like the portal bracings on this bridge are starting to become visible for the winter. It will be so nice to see this bridge in Fort Scott where the portal bracings will be restored and visible year-round.

Posted September 24, 2017

Now THIS is a UCEB that I will add to my Indiana bucket list. If I ever get tired of looking at Whipple trusses I will definitely have to head out to this one.

Posted September 20, 2017

Art, I agree with your assessment. Now we just need to find a way to preserve these bridges. Demolition by neglect is just as bad as demolition by cutting torch. The only difference is with abandoned bridges we at least have a short window in which to do something.

Maple Rapids Bridge, Columbia Bridge, that Hammond truss in Illinois, the BBW Bowstring in Iowa...all gone...

Posted September 20, 2017

Yes, I would agree. This bridge, along with the Coffeyville Bridge in Montgomery County should be absolute locks for NRHP listing.

Posted September 20, 2017

I understand that the Kansas State Historical Society did another visit to this bridge yesterday, September 19th, 2017.

I do not know if it will eventually be nominated for a NRHP listing or not. In my humble opinion, I think that all remaining Marsh arch bridges nationwide should be listed, but that is just my personal opinion...

Posted September 19, 2017

Nice shot, David!

Posted September 18, 2017

Yes, these last couple of years have been marked with some phenomenal discoveries.

Okay, this might be a homer pick, but I personally think that the Clarks Creek Whipple Truss in Geary Co. just might be a top ten discovery in the history of this website. Nick knocked the ball out of the park, over the roof, and across the parking lot on that one!

At the same time, several contributors have been finding photographs of long lost bridges. These bridges might not be standing any longer, but thanks to those old photographs, we can still learn about them.

Posted September 17, 2017

When I first started looking for bridges in Kansas, I expected that perhaps a few would appear amid the trees. I never imagined the sheer number that ended up appearing in recent years. Nick has taken bridge discovery to a whole new level. While I don't think that there is still a large number of bridges waiting to be discovered in Kansas, there might still be a few more hiding out there. I always look forward to Nick's discoveries because many of the bridges that he is found are of national significance and some of them are of very high National significance. He might find a few more bridges in Kansas yet.

I would expect that a person can find a lot of abandoned bridges in the eastern United States given the heavier population and the large number of rivers and streams there. I would think the in rural areas of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, one might find some abandoned bridges but I have not spent much time in that area.

That being said, if a person wants to find some unknown bridges, Nebraska might be a good state. There have been relatively few Bridgehunters working in Nebraska, but the state has a surprising number of truss bridges especially in the Southeastern area.

Posted September 17, 2017

Yes, I appreciate seeing all these bridges that you have been tracking down. It is good that they were photographed back in the day.

I have really been amazed at what Nick has found. He has discovered some incredible bridges that I had no idea existed. I would not be surprised if there still some great bridge is hiding in the trees in Indiana.

Posted September 16, 2017

I clicked on this page hoping to read about another bridge I could visit whenever I get to Indiana. Then I realized it was lost...

This would have been a nice one to save.

Posted September 15, 2017

That new Streetview really shows the condition of the area around this bridge. A nationally significant bridge remains in danger...

Posted September 14, 2017

I am pleasantly surprised to see that this bridge is still in place. Usually when the bridge has not had an inspection since 1991 it is not necessarily a good sign.

This one is definitely older than 1930. Try circa 1900. I suspect that the date of 1930 probably refers to when the concrete pylons were poured.

Nice find!

Posted September 14, 2017

Well, that is a shame. It might explain the mass removal of truss bridges all across the county in the last few years.

Posted September 11, 2017

It has been years since I have crossed this bridge so I'm really glad to see that it's still in place. Did you see any evidence of new bridge construction?

If Chautauqua County wanted to build a new bridge, it would be very easy to bypass this bridge to the south. Chautauqua County has lost several historic bridges over the last couple decades, but this one should be a good candidate for preservation as it is in such a rural area and on a rather scenic drive to boot.

Posted September 11, 2017

Nathan:

Good thought concerning the similar bridges in Oklahoma. The only major difference I can see is this one has every panel countered whereas the Oklahoma examples do not seem to have those extra counters. The lacing on the verticals varies a bit between the trusses as well. Otherwise, the bridges are certainly very similar. The idea that a truss could have been moved across the state line seems quite plausible.

Also, for those who might not be familiar with this area, Cowley County preferred to use Stone Arch Bridges instead of truss bridges for small crossings. In the early 1900s, the county would have been much more likely to have installed a Stone Arch Bridge instead of a truss bridge at this location. The Silver Creek and Grouse Creek valleys were popular locations for Stone Arch Bridges to be installed so a truss bridge looks a little bit out of place here.

When looking at the concrete substructure on this bridge, I begin to wonder if it might have been moved to this area sometime around World War II perhaps.