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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 

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
Smoots Creek Bridge (Kingman County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Smoots Creek on Rs 303 Ne 100 Avenue
April 1, 2017: New Street View added
Smoots Creek Bridge (Kingman County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Smoots Creek on Rs 303 Ne 100 Avenue
April 1, 2017: Added
RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pony Truss bridge over West Lyon Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
March 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Riveted"
RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pony Truss bridge over West Lyon Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
March 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Boston Bridge Works"
Lyon Creek Bowstring Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Lyon Creek, 5.0 mi. south and 1.0 mi. west of Junction City
March 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
March 13, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History.
St. Mary's Bridge (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Lost bowstring through truss bridge over Kansas River on Road
March 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Pottawatomie County to locations.
Mission Creek Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Mission Creek on Carlson Road
March 8, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Mission Creek Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Warren pony truss bridge over Mission Creek on Docking Road
March 8, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
DeGray Creek Bridge (Clark County, Arkansas)
Pony truss bridge over DeGray Creek on CR 50 (Terrell Road)
March 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to the correct bridge.
Silver Creek Sec. 4 Truss Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Silver Creek on Cretchan Road about two miles southwest of Burden
March 1, 2017: New Street View added
Quivira Scout Camp Bridge (Chautauqua County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over North Caney Creek, 7.0 mi. north and 1.0 mi. west of Sedan
February 28, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History. Added Alternate Name.
BNSF - Lexington Avenue Overpass (Johnson County, Kansas)
Pony truss railroad bridge over Lexington Avenue on BNSF Railway in De Soto
February 27, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co."
Jake's Branch Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Middle Creek, 8.3 mi. south and 2.0 mi. west of Louisburg
February 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been closed as per forum comment.
Mill Street Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Marias Des Cygnes River on 347th Street, 1.3 mi. east of Osawatomie
February 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been demolished as per forum comment.
Carey's Ford Bridge (Miami County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Marais Des Cygnes River on 335th Street, southeast of Stanton
February 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Camelback truss"
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
February 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Lally columns"
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
February 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Kansas River"
Ashland Vicinity Kansas River Bridge (Riley County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River (Former Channel) on Rosencutter Road (Abandoned Section)
February 11, 2017: Added
Squirrel Creek Bridge (Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma)
Rainbow Arch bridge over Squirrel Creek on Kickapoo Rd. (N3410) in Shawnee
February 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Refined design. This is a Rainbow arch, but not a Marsh arch.
Mahanoy Creek Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Mahanoy Creek on Centre Street
February 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: This is not a Marsh arch.
Bluewater Creek Bridge (Lauderdale County, Alabama)
Steel stringer bridge over Bluewater Creek on US 72
February 8, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status and Status Description - Lost.
Cedar Creek Bridge (Chase County, Kansas)
Abandoned truss bridge over Cedar Creek on 70 Road
February 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Laced endposts"
Cedar Creek Bridge (Chase County, Kansas)
Abandoned truss bridge over Cedar Creek on 70 Road
February 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Design Description.
Turkey Creek Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on 16th. Avenue, 2.0 mi. east and 5.6 mi. south of Mcpherson
February 4, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Maxwell's Slough Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Neosho River on 40-15.7 Local, 0.5 mi. west and 0.7 mi. south of St. Paul
January 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed name to reflect NRHP and KSHS name.
Old US-169 Neosho River Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Neosho River, 3.13 mi. north of K-39 N. Jct.
January 30, 2017: New Street View added
Drum Creek Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Drum Creek, 2.0 mi. west and 5.4 mi. south of Thayer
January 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Thunder Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on 355th Street (Thunder Bridge Road) just off 4th Street in Spencer
January 30, 2017: New Street View added
Thunder Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on 355th Street (Thunder Bridge Road) just off 4th Street in Spencer
January 30, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Truss Type - Pennsylvania Through Truss.
Labette Creek Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Bedstead truss bridge over Labette Creek on 20th Road (Truncated by dam)
January 29, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Design Description.
Smoky Hill River Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on Oat Road, 2.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Detroit
January 28, 2017: New Street View added
Kentucky Creek Bridge (McPherson County, Kansas)
Bridge over Kentucky Creek on Wheatridge Road (Abandoned)
January 28, 2017: Added
Loss Creek Bridge (Ellsworth County, Kansas)
Girder bridge over Loss Creek on Local Rd. 314
January 28, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Jack Arch Deck"
Loss Creek Bridge (Ellsworth County, Kansas)
Girder bridge over Loss Creek on Local Rd. 314
January 28, 2017: Added
Little Soldier Creek Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Little Soldier Creek on NW 94th Street, 2.3 mi. west and 8.7 mi. north of US 24
January 28, 2017: New Street View added
Medicine River Bridge (Barber County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Medicine River, 2.0 mi. west of Medicine Lodge
January 26, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
SKOL - Fall River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Fall River on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
January 24, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Construction Date.
Brazell Creek Bridge (Woodson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Brazell Creek on Apache Road
January 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Snake Creek Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Lost pony truss bridge over Snake Creek on K-8.4 Local, 2.0 mi. west of Benedict
January 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
Fall River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Fall River on 21.7-N.1 Local, 2.9 mi. west of Neodesha
January 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Doomed.
Legion Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Lost rainbow arch bridge over Fall River on US 75
January 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Alternate Name.

Recent Comments 

Posted May 25, 2017

Nathan:

Thanks for the reply. I had been suspecting that those lower cord eyebars might be continuous through the hip vertical area. This bridge seems to have a few unusual features which is one reason why I'm hoping to research it when I get a chance. I'm afraid that this one might be in danger of collapse.

Posted May 25, 2017

Am I seeing things, or do the hip verticals on this bridge connect to the lower chord via a peculiar bracket?

Posted May 24, 2017

So, we are really dealing with three spans. The two spans here which perhaps might have been put together in 1919, and the Osage County Bridge which appears to have been relocated in 1909.

I am wondering if the outer truss on this bridge, and the Osage County Bridge, might have been part of the same Bridge or at least on the same line somewhere.

Perhaps the inner truss on this bridge is original to the site. Again, this is purely speculation.

Posted May 24, 2017

According to some recent updates, this bridge was built in 1884. A similar bridge in Osage County, also has been reported as being built in 1884. Notice that these two bridges are nearly identical in appearance save for the fact that the Osage County example is not double-trussed:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/osage/bh36224/

I suspect that these bridges follow a railroad designed standard plan.

Posted May 23, 2017

Good to know. I am glad that this one is still intact.

Posted May 22, 2017

I remember watching the news reports at the time. This was a very complex system that produced multiple tornadoes. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on.

Posted May 21, 2017

Is there a chance that this bridge might be in storage? If this bridge got scrapped, it would be one of the worst losses of a historic bridge since this website got started.

Ohio and Iowa are essentially co-champions when it comes to surviving numbers of bowstring bridges per state. Iowa has lost some of its bowstrings in recent years and I really hope that Ohio does not follow suit.

Posted May 19, 2017

Just be glad that this bridge has such a beam. Not all bridges have them.

Posted May 18, 2017

It appears to me that the floor beam underneath the end posts is the only thing that is keeping this bridge from collapsing. That floor beam is allowing this Pratt truss to remain standing as a three-legged bridge for now.

Posted May 18, 2017

Nick:

That sounds like a reasonable estimation. This bridge appears to be constructed with riveted connections. Rivets began to fall out of favor in the years after WWII as bolted and welded connections became popular.

re: Little Sandy Mystery Elvis Bridge
Posted May 17, 2017

Yes, definitely check with the landowners. I don't know if Kentucky tends to transfer bridges to landowners or not. Sometimes it's hard to tell if an old right-of-way has become private or is still public but I always ask just in case.

re: Little Sandy Mystery Elvis Bridge
Posted May 17, 2017

Well, great news indeed. Anybody up for a Bluegrass Bridgehunt?

Posted May 17, 2017

This is a rare example of a Pratt - Warren Hybrid. There was another example in Johnson County Kansas, but it has been replaced.

Posted May 17, 2017

I don't know if there is support for rail trails in Kentucky, but I do know that based on my experience in West Virginia there seems to be a lot of people there who support them. These trails have been a pretty good boon to West Virginia from what I understand.

If this road in Kentucky were to become a trail it would certainly be a local attraction. If people want to support it might become a nice asset for the area.

Posted May 16, 2017

I have been wondering if it was still somewhat intact, albeit undoubtedly mangled.