Robert Elder

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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 

Little Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Slab bridge over Little Cherry Creek on Local Rd. 7-M.5
October 9, 2019: New Street View added
Little Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Slab bridge over Little Cherry Creek on Local Rd. 7-M.5
October 9, 2019: Added
Tar Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tar Creek (former channel) on Star Road
October 9, 2019: New Street View added
Tar Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tar Creek (former channel) on Star Road
October 9, 2019: Added
Tributary to Tar Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tar Creek (Former Channel) on Local Rd. M-22.8
October 9, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to the correct bridge - there are two of these bridges in the immediate area.
Little Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Little Cherry Creek on Local Rd. L-8.4
October 9, 2019: New Street View added
Little Cherry Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Little Cherry Creek on Local Rd. L-8.4
October 9, 2019: Added
Center Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Center Creek on Local Rd. E-16.6
October 9, 2019: Added
Center Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Center Creek on Local Rd. D-17.1
October 9, 2019: Added
Tributary to Tar Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tar Creek (Former Channel) on Local Rd. M-22.8
October 9, 2019: New Street View added
Tributary to Tar Creek Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tar Creek (Former Channel) on Local Rd. M-22.8
October 9, 2019: Added
North Fork Hughes River Bridge (Ritchie County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over North Fork Hughes River on WV 31 in Cairo
September 14, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been demolished
South Front Street Bridge (Union County, New Jersey)
Single-leaf truss bascule bridge over Elizabeth River on South Front Street in Elizabeth
July 15, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status
Heizer Bridge (Barton County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Walnut Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Heizer
May 13, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Pipe Railing"
Augusta Vicinity Whitewater River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Whitewater River on SW 90th St (Abandoned)
May 11, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Pipe Railing"
Roy B. Inks Bridge (Llano County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over Llano River on TX 16 and TX 71 in Llano
May 6, 2019: New photos
Coal Creek Bridge (Allen County, Kansas)
Lost Marsh arch bridge over Coal Creek
April 10, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Alternate Name and Description.
Fall River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Fall River on 21.7-N.1 Local, 2.9 mi. west of Neodesha
March 17, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Not lost, yet. The bridge is sitting on dry land.
North Bend Rail Trail - Tunnel #20 (Ritchie County, West Virginia)
Lost Tunnel for the Parkersburg Branch of the B&O Railroad. Cut is located on North Bend Rail Trail.
March 7, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved the pin to the correct location.
Brown Memorial Park Bridge No. 1 (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek in Brown Memorial Park
September 27, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Replaced.
Prairie Dog Creek Bridge (Phillips County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 1.5 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Long Island
August 20, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited build date - definitely not a 1924 span.
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"
Bennett 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

Recent Comments 

Posted October 13, 2019

Okay, I guess the article mentioned that the bridge would be removed. Too bad. There are only two Kansas cantilevers left to the best of my knowledge. One in Kansas, and one in Nebraska.

Posted October 13, 2019

The Republican River is large enough here that a Kansas cantilever would make sense. there used to be one a little farther downstream near Junction City. I drove across it a few times in the late 90s before it was replaced.

Posted October 13, 2019

I suspect that this might have been a Kansas cantilever. there is even a remote chance that it might still be extant under the water.

Posted October 13, 2019

I drove over this bridge last year. People are not kidding when they talk about this bridge having steep approaches. Going over this bridge is quite a ride!

There is a bypass loop around the city, and it avoids this bridge.

Posted October 9, 2019

This bridge is possibly eligible for the NRHP. It is a good example of an early 1920s concrete bridge. The NBI calls it a slab, but I suspect that it might be a tee-beam.

Posted October 9, 2019

This bridge is still open to traffic, but there is a bypass in place for wide vehicles.

Twin Bridges (Kentucky)
Posted September 14, 2019

I did a very quick field visit to these bridges while on a fast paced drive across Indiana recently. Interestingly enough, the southbound lanes cross a temporary Bailey type bridge on the Indiana side.

I will let the Indiana folks fill in the details.

Posted September 14, 2019

I have driven over this bridge many times, but the last time I drove over it was in October of last year. Thus, I'm guessing that it was demolished sometime early this year. If somebody can nail down an exact date, please let us know. I will try to do some more research on this myself. Cairo is a very historic town and this bridge was very much a part of the community.

Posted September 14, 2019

Actually, I have spent quite a bit of time in this area although I have mostly photographed tunnels instead of bridges in West Virginia. I have a lot of family in this area.

Posted September 14, 2019

I just returned from a trip to West Virginia. This bridge has been demolished. There is a temporary bridge in use. The new bridge is nearing completion.

Posted August 29, 2019

Some Marsh Arch Bridges have a brace between the arches and some do not. It generally depends on the span length.

There are a few factors that distinguish a Marsh Arch from a regular rainbow arch. Perhaps the main difference is the fact that Marsh Arch Bridges use a special type of reinforcing. There is actually a bonafide steel arch structure under that concrete instead of just rebar.

Posted August 29, 2019

Just my $0.02 - but this appears to be a Rainbow Arch, but not a Marsh Arch.

Posted August 19, 2019

Maybe I am seeing things, but it almost looks to me like the transverse floor beams might have some cast-iron components. If so, that might even put this thing back in the 1870s.

Posted July 21, 2019

According to the July 3rd 2019 addition of the Coffeyville Journal, the Montgomery County Commissioners have been briefed on the potential need to replace this bridge in the next few years. Given its very high national significance, this bridge is a good candidate for preservation. If a new bridge is needed, preserving this one as a pedestrian bridge would be a great solution.

re: Hmmm...what's this???
Posted June 27, 2019

Well, there used to be a Columbia like Pratt truss over the Delaware River at Valley Falls. I don't know that this is necessarily the bridge, but it does look like there is something lightweight here. In the second most recent Google aerial imagery, it almost looks a bit Bowstring-ish. Again, this is all wild speculation until Nick finds a way to get there. It could also be a pile of dead trees that just happens to look a bit like a bridge.