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 

Meriden Rock Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
June 2, 2020: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status. Bridge is Extant!
Meriden Rock Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock Creek near Meriden
June 2, 2020: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status - bridge is extant.
County Line Bowstring Bridge (Cloud County, Kansas)
Bowstring truss bridge over West Creek on Republic Road, northwest of Hollis
April 27, 2020: Updated by Robert Elder: Bypassed by new bridge.
Spillman Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Spillman Creek, 1.3 mi. north and 2.0 mi. east of Vesper
April 22, 2020: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Mill Creek Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Mill Creek on National Avenue
December 13, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost. Outlived by the Marsh Arch bridge that it replaced.
Mill Creek Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Mill Creek on National Avenue
December 13, 2019: Added
Branch Peters Creek Bridge (Doniphan County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Peters Creek on Mineral Point Road, 0.5 mi. east and 1.8 mi. north of Troy
December 12, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status - Lost
Augusta Vicinity Whitewater River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Whitewater River on SW 90th St (Abandoned)
December 10, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited history - closed ca. 1971.
Spillman Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Spillman Creek, 3.7 mi. west of Lincoln
December 9, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status
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"

Recent Comments 

Posted August 17, 2020

Well, that is a shame...

Posted August 17, 2020

I have noticed a couple of interesting things about this bridge.

1. The steel is stamped "Jones & Laughlins" instead of Jones & Laughlin. The extra "s" indicates that the steel was manufactured before 1905. Thus, this bridge was definitely not built ca. 1910 unless the builders were using 5+ year old steel. Chances are, this bridge was built ca. 1900.

2. The bridge has inclined bottom cords. This is a somewhat unusual modification that is occasionally, but not often, found on pony trusses.

Posted July 17, 2020

Thanks for posting these pictures. I am a bit surprised that the abutment gave way. I figured that the abutments might be the one part of the bridge that was not at risk.

I see that one of the portal braces is intact. That would be nice to save, as would a Union Iron I beam.

Thankfully, Nathan visited this bridge in 2016 and did a great job documenting it.

Posted July 17, 2020

Thanks for posting these pictures. I am a bit surprised that the abutment gave way. I figured that the abutments might be the one part of the bridge that was not at risk.

I see that one of the portal braces is intact. That would be nice to save, as would a Union Iron I beam.

Thankfully, Nathan visited this bridge in 2016 and did a great job documenting it.

Posted July 17, 2020

That is too bad - but perhaps not too surprising given the fact that it had eyebars for vertical members. Do you have any pictures? Could some of the metal be salvaged for display?

Posted June 6, 2020

Nick:

Thanks for getting some great detail shots of this bridge. Your images will help us to evaluate it. This one seems to have some unusual design details and modifications. It is a strange, but very significant, little bridge.

Posted June 2, 2020

This bridge has attributes that I would expect on a CBW (very early example of a rolled member for a top chord), and a MVB&I (lots of cruciform members).

Although the HAER made no mention of CBW, I do know that CBW built at least one bridge in Jefferson County. Thus, a CBW would not be out of the question. My suspicion however is that MVB&I experimented with respect to the top chord.

NOTE: MVB&I might have also used early examples of rolled members on this bridge:

https://bridgehunter.com/ks/atchison/31011503580/

I am starting to suspect that MVB&I was forward thinking in using rolled members while still holding on to cruciform iron. These are two types of members that I would not otherwise expect to see together.

Either way, this is a highly significant bridge (even by bowstring standards), and I am glad that it has resurfaced.

Posted June 2, 2020

In addition to cruciform outriggers, this bridge also has cruciform inriggers. At four of the verticals, we have a triplet of cruciform members - one outrigger, one inrigger, and one vertical.

Posted June 2, 2020

This bridge is not as lost as you think. It was just hiding behind a barn...

https://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?in=087-0000-00269

The bridge had been relocated to the grounds of the Meriden Antique Engines and Threshers Association. It has recently been moved to a more visible location next to K-4 Highway.

Posted June 2, 2020

That article was an interesting read - apparently setting this bridge down on the ground is going to be much more difficult than normal given its location above a spillway.

Posted May 27, 2020

This bridge is currently closed due to an alleged road rage / shots fired incident possibly involving up to 4 vehicles. Police are conducting an investigation right now.

https://www.kshb.com/news/crime/man-injured-in-road-rage-sho...

Posted May 15, 2020

I see what you did there...

Posted March 11, 2020

John - these are some seriously awesome videos! Great work! This area still has lots of great bridges left, and the drone work gives us some great perspectives of them.

Posted March 11, 2020

Hi John:

Thanks for the update. Hopefully this is the bridge that got saved. It is/was a rather significant pony truss, so it would have been a good candidate for preservation.

Posted March 10, 2020

Without looking at Streetview, I would guess that it is probably a MOB and not significant. I will have a look when I am on the computer. MOBs are a bit controversial on here because each one represents a lost opportunity to reuse a historic truss.