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 

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"
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.

Recent Comments 

Goodbye, Chelsea
Posted December 8, 2018

Thursday December 6th of 2018 was a bittersweet day. I purchased a new car and I traded in Chelsea. I am going to miss this car, but she was starting to need some expensive repairs.

It was getting harder to find parts for a 20 year old car and when I did find them, they were expensive. Chelsea was a very fun car to drive, but all good things must come to an end. Goodbye, Chelsea. Thanks for the Memories.

Posted November 10, 2018

I hiked through the new Eaton Tunnel on October 4th of this year. After getting through the tunnel, I hiked up the bank to visit the West Portal of this tunnel again. To say that the experience was eerie would be an understatement.

The day was very hot and muggy by October standards in West Virginia. The temperature was in the upper 80s perhaps close to 90 when I arrived. A thunderstorm was brewing in the distance. It was so humid out that you could practically chew the atmosphere. Much of West Virginia had record rainfall this year. Wood County was no exception. The ground was absolutely soaked and there was mud everywhere. So, please try to imagine a hot muggy day full of mud and mosquitoes.

Now, when I arrived at the tunnel portal, there was cold air blowing out between the three stones that are piled above the old tunnel portal. It was hot outside, but apparently it was cold in the tunnel. The temperature difference caused the air to rush out of the tunnel rapidly. The air was blowing so quickly out of the tunnel that it was actually blowing small plants around near those three stones. As I sat beside those stones, I could hear and feel that cold air rushing out. To be honest, the cold air felt good and it kept the mosquitoes away. It just felt very eerie.

Thanks to the record rainfall, I could hear water dripping in the tunnel. The tunnel is an enclosed space and so the water falling from the ceiling was echoing as it struck the tunnel floor. It sounded like there was lots of loud tapping sounds coming from the tunnel although it was just the rain water falling in there.

Although part of the tunnel has collapsed and was apparently sealed off as a tomb, the West end of the tunnel most certainly exists. It must be open for quite some distance back under the hill to produce all of that cold air that was rushing out through that little hole.

Posted October 20, 2018

I drove over this massively huge bridge while seeking shelter from a storm today. All I can say is wow, just wow!

Re: Nomenclature
Posted October 20, 2018

A lot of us call these components "crash bars" but I don't know if that is the technically correct term.

Posted October 13, 2018

This bridge is fun to drive over, but it is definitely a white knuckle ride. I was in Paducah and Metropolis last week, and I was tempted to drive over it again just for the fun of it. I decided not to as I was in a hurry. I just used the I 24 bridge on this trip.

Ironically, my route took me over the two Cairo Bridges. Those are fun too, but they were both carrying a lot of traffic this time.

Posted October 3, 2018

I did a quick field visit to this bridge today. It is still open to traffic. The new bridge is still a long ways from being completed so you probably have at least a few more months to see this bridge. The Center span of the new bridge still has no I beams in place. I was surprised as I figured that it would be much farther along by this time.

That being said, you will want to get here as quick as you can. This bridge will not be around forever and it is very much worth seeing.

Posted October 3, 2018

I drove across this bridge today. All I can say is, wow!

I did not have time to take photos and document the bridge because I was trying to get to Paducah, Kentucky. The bridge is open to traffic and the road is paved at both ends. This bridge is easy to visit if you are driving past on Highway 67.

Posted September 27, 2018

Hopefully this one will not get replaced like the other bridge did. This is a great Bedstead and deserves to be preserved.

Posted September 27, 2018

Hi Nicole:

Thanks for the update. I will update this page accordingly. It would be nice if the bridge was in storage.

Grouse Creek Trib Bridge
Posted September 17, 2018

I cannot tell if this is anything significant, but there is an old bridge of some sort here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B003'15.4%22N+96%C2%...

37.054287, -96.890582

It is a small bridge that crosses a tributary of Grouse Creek in Cowley County, KS.

Posted September 2, 2018

This bridge might not be as lost as we think. It was reportedly placed on the ground intact nearby. A photograph has surfaced on Facebook showing the bridge sitting on dry land and overgrown with weeds. It might still be hiding in the trees if somebody wants to do a field check.

Posted August 23, 2018

Yes, I have heard the name "Subway" used before. Structures like this seem to be known as tunnels colloquially these days.

Posted August 23, 2018

The Tunnel VS. Not Tunnel debate always makes me think of this structure and its twin on Madison.

Posted August 21, 2018

Hi Sheldon. It is good to have you back on here.

Regarding the older bridge, I suspect that the pony truss might have been brought it to replace a third stone arch span that either collapsed or was found to be unsafe for some reason. It is quite unusual to see a relatively light pony span paired with a sturdy stone arch structure.

If a third arch did collapse, then the county could have installed a pony span very quickly, especially if they had a spare one laying around in the yard.

Posted August 20, 2018

Well, I cannot quite claim credit for the term, because I think that James came up with it. Still, it is quite appropriate.

I certainly respect that the landowner does not want the location to be posted publicly. Still, it is great that he saved the bridge from demolition.