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 

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 Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Lake Creek, 2.0 mi. west and 9.0 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 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.
Branch of Deer Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Deer Creek on a local road, 4.0 mi. north and 0.6 mi. east of Bartlett
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Branch Litup Creek Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Litup Creek, 2.0 mi. south and 0.6 mi. west of Strauss
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to where I think the bridge migh have been - appears to be lost.
Elk Creek Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Elk Creek, 2.0 mi. east and 1.6 mi. south of Earlton
July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to bridge location. Lost.
Crooked Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Crooked Creek on CR 202, 4.5 mi. east of Nortonville
July 18, 2017: New Street View added
SKOL - Big Hill Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad.
July 11, 2017: New Street View added
SKOL - Big Hill Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Hill Creek on South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad.
July 11, 2017: Added
Forest Park Queenpost Bridge (Labette County, Kansas)
Relocated Queenpost truss bridge over Tributary of Labette Creek on Hiking Trail
July 6, 2017: New photos
B&O - Eaton Tunnel (Old) (Wood County, West Virginia)
Lost Tunnel that was located south of the current Eaton Tunnel
July 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History and Description.
B&O - Eaton Tunnel (Old) (Wood County, West Virginia)
Lost Tunnel that was located south of the current Eaton Tunnel
July 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History.
Chikaskia River Overflow Bridge (Sumner County, Kansas)
Abandoned concrete tee beam bridge over Chikaskia River Overflow on W. 10th Avenue (abandoned)
July 3, 2017: Added
Skunk Hollow Road Bridge (Logan County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Kickapoo Creek on Skunk Hollow Road
July 3, 2017: New Street View added
Sugar Creek Overflow Bridge (Logan County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Sugar Creek Overflow on TR 144, 2 mi. southeast of Hartsburg
July 3, 2017: New Street View added
Grindstone Creek Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Grindstone Creek on Abandoned Road
June 30, 2017: Added
Perry Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Delaware River on Bridge Street (Old US 24) just west of Perry
June 26, 2017: New Street View added
KYLE - Republican River Bridge (Cloud County, Kansas)
Two-span through truss bridge over Republican River on the Kyle Railroad, northwest of Concordia
June 26, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is not quite lost - one span is still standing.
Veterans Memorial Park Tunnel (Harrison County, West Virginia)
Abandoned railroad tunnel now used by Southern Harrison County Trail.
June 19, 2017: Added
Coffeyville Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Three-span Marsh arch bridge over Verdigris River
June 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Alternate Name.
Coffeyville Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Three-span Marsh arch bridge over Verdigris River
June 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Alternate Name.
Willard Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Deck truss bridge over Kansas River on Carlson Road at Willard
June 13, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Closed.
Stearns Ford Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Whitewater River on Parallel Road
June 9, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Whitewater River (Kansas)"
Stearns Ford Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Whitewater River on Parallel Road
June 9, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Whitewater River"
Stearns Ford Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Whitewater River on Parallel Road
June 9, 2017: Added
Augusta Vicinity Whitewater River Bridge (Butler County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Whitewater River on SW 90th St (Abandoned)
May 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Minor edit - fixed typo.
Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
May 5, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History, Status, and Status Description. Collapsed, recovery pending.
Kelso Vicinity Neosho River Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Neosho River on Kelso Road (old alignment)
May 4, 2017: Added
Bruns' Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Meramec River on Mill Hill Road south of Moselle
May 1, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status, Status Description, and History as per forum comment. Destroyed by flooding.
Branch Stranger Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Stranger Creek, 1.7 mi. south and 1.9 mi. east of Effingham
April 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added truss type - Queenpost
Cottonwood River-Bellefontaine Bridge (Marion County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cottonwood River
April 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Refined status description.
Stranger Creek Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Stranger Creek on Local Rd. E-19.5
April 1, 2017: Added
CK - Smoots Creek Bridge (Kingman County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Smoots Creek on CK Railroad
April 1, 2017: Added
Fivemile Creek Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Abandoned bridge over Fivemile Creek
April 1, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted July 21, 2017

I am suspecting that "9.0 miles south of Bartlett" is a misprint, given that this location would be in Oklahoma. My suspicion is that they meant "0.9 miles south of Bartlett". I have put the pin on a bridge that is possibly this one. The pin had been in a field several miles north of this location.

Posted July 20, 2017

If this one still stands, I am curious about what type of bridge it might be. A 90 foot span is fairly long for a pony truss especially one that might be pre 1900 given the Kansas default date of circa 1910.

Posted July 20, 2017

Well, there is a bridge-like shadow in the creek. I had been assuming this one is lost but maybe there is hope. Montgomery County has an overall good record for preserving the majority of their historic bridges. Hopefully they will continue to do so.

Posted July 20, 2017

Even better! Welcome back, Elvis!

Also, I would recommend ignoring the construction date of Circa 1920. This seems to be the other default date in Kansas second only to Circa 1910. There is an old pin-connected pony in the same county that is also marked as being Circa 1920 even though it is clearly older.

Posted July 19, 2017

Ms. Williams:

Thanks for mentioning the other bridge. Do you have a photograph of it? I am sure that some of us will be happy to help identify the bridge type and possibly give you a rough estimation on when it might have been built.

Posted July 19, 2017

I just added a KSHS PDF for this lost bridge. It looks like a classic Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. product to me.

The pony approach span had outriggers that might have been cruciform.

Posted July 19, 2017

I am about 95 percent sure that this bridge is lost. There is now a low water crossing where I think that the bridge would have been. But, there appears to be an old road alignment that disappears into the trees nearby. Thus, there is a slight possibility that the bridge may be hiding in the trees.

Posted July 19, 2017

I have added a PDF that discusses the relocation of this bridge. The PDF does not mention that this is a "Frankenbridge", even though that fact is quite obvious as Nathan has pointed out.

Posted July 19, 2017

I just added a PDF that discusses the relocation. This relocation did not affect the NRHP status of this bridge.

Posted July 18, 2017

I am glad to see that this one is still intact. It is a relatively small bridge but it is a nice one.

Posted July 18, 2017

Thanks for the update. I know that I have driven across this bridge, but I can't remember whether or not I have photographed it.

Posted July 18, 2017

As of 2016, this bridge was still in place as seen on the distant Streetview imagery.

Posted July 17, 2017

If you look at Google Streetview from 2013, you can see the remains of this bridge on a sandbar in the river.

Posted July 16, 2017

This is an exceptionally interesting bridge. I will have to put it on the bucket list.

Posted July 16, 2017

Thanks for the update. The southside used to be the easy way in but apparently not anymore. I suspect that this bridge may have been transitioned to private ownership. This happens frequently with bridges in Kansas. Of course, I would rather see a bridge become private then be demolished for no reason. At least this process does buy the bridge some time.

I am glad that I visited this bridge several years ago, even if I was not able to do a full and proper documentation.