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 

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.
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.

Recent Comments 

Posted November 21, 2017

Luke:

Nemaha County used to have a massive number of pony trusses, but very few remain. I believe very strongly that this bridge will be demolished in the immediate future if nothing is done.

Posted November 21, 2017

I have contacts at KSHS. Would anybody be interested in doing a NRHP Listing? We have to start somewhere!

Posted November 21, 2017

I just added a KSHS PDF with photos for this bridge. It is a double span concrete bridge. Until someone pokes a selfie stick under the bridge, we won't be able to confirm for certain if it really is a Tee Beam of it it might be a Concrete Through Girder.

Posted November 21, 2017

I have just edited the KSHS PDF. This new PDF contains additional photographs of the bridge - including one of the plaque.

Posted November 21, 2017

Well that is a shame. These K-Parker trusses are very rare outside of Oklahoma. Thus, they all have National significance As far as I am concerned.

Granted, these are not the oldest trusses in the United States, but that does not degrade their significance. These K-Parker trusses illustrate a type of experimentation that occurred in the latter half of the truss era. They are significant right along with pre 1900 pin connected trusses but for a different reason.

Posted November 21, 2017

Here is a classic example of a great truss bridge being put in danger by a failing substructure. This happens all too often across the country, and there are multiple reasons why it can happen.

Posted November 18, 2017

Nathan:

Don't worry about the trolls on here. The nasty comment that somebody left has been deleted. Unfortunately there have been a few trolls that have popped up on here every now and then. That seems to happen to just about every message board on the internet.

Trust me, I have had plenty of grenades thrown at me back in the day. The best thing to do is just keep contributing and ignore the one or two anonymous negative people who come crawling out of the woodwork on occasion.

Posted November 17, 2017

I find it interesting but KDOT was considering some options with this bridge. A loss of this bridge really was a tragedy for historic preservation. This was an extremely significant bridge. Hopefully at least a few components such as to plaques and finials might have been preserved somewhere.

Posted November 16, 2017

I have edited the KHRI listing for this bridge. My edits should be visible on the public side in a few days. Any insight about the unusual features on this bridge would be welcome.

Given the high rate of bridge demolitions in the area, this one should be considered to be at an extremely high risk for demolition. This would be most unfortunate, given the unusual design and the rare features of this bridge.

In the early 1980s, this bridge was not considered eligible for the NRHP, but I would strongly support the reversal of that decision. This bridge clearly has high significance.

Posted November 13, 2017

Another Bedstead with laced endposts and intact legs. To be honest, I had figured that this one was lost. The fact that it is extant is a bonus. This is another one that is well worth saving. I know we can't save every bridge out there but these bedsteads are not nearly as common as they used to be.

Posted November 13, 2017

I see what you did there!

R.H. Henry Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted November 12, 2017

Pardon the autocorrect typos. ***Though, not the whole***

Posted November 12, 2017

Surprisingly, this bridge appears to be doomed:

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/50799

I have driven across it in previous years, but the road was closed when I was in the area a few days ago.

This bridge is, or perhaps was, located in a National Wildlife Refuge and was just downstream from a modern four lane concrete bridge that carries Interstate 40. I figured the Tennessee would preserve this one but apparently no such luck. It primarily carried local traffic and visitors to the Wildlife Refuge.

R.H. Henry Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted November 12, 2017

I field visited this bridge today but as I was trying to drive across the country in a hurry I did not have time to stop to document it.

I did want to report the whole that the bridge is still open to traffic with no signs of replacement. Hopefully Mississippi will preserve it as it is on the NRHP.

There are several smaller overflow bridges along this stretch of road which appear to have been built at roughly the same time as this bridge.

The road coming in from the east is extremely rough with lots of potholes. Take it slowly! The road from the west is in much better condition.

Posted November 11, 2017

Nick has confirmed it! We have a Bedstead truss! These little bridges have gained a lot of historical significance in recent decades due to attrition. As far as I am concerned, all remaining bedsteads are nationally significant.