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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 

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 (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
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.
Turkey Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek, 4.0 mi. west and 0.5 mi. north of Navarre
January 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Corrected stream name.
Turkey Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek, 4.0 mi. west and 0.5 mi. north of Navarre
January 20, 2017: New Street View added
Onion Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Lost Marsh arch bridge over Onion Creek on U.S. 169
January 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (standard)"
Onion Creek Bridge (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Lost Marsh arch bridge over Onion Creek on U.S. 169
January 20, 2017: Added
South Fork Solomon River Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River, 2.5 mi. east of Alton
January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Solomon River"
Eagle Creek Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Eagle Creek, 3.0 mi. south and 5.8 mi. east of Natoma
January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview.
CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River on Central Kansas Railroad (abandoned)
January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Solomon River"
CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge (Osborne County, Kansas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River on Central Kansas Railroad (abandoned)
January 18, 2017: Added
North Big Creek Bridge (Coffey County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over North Big Creek on Fauna Road, 3.5 mi. north and 1.0 mi. east of Gridley
January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Pin-connected"
North Big Creek Bridge (Coffey County, Kansas)
Pratt pony truss bridge over North Big Creek on Fauna Road, 3.5 mi. north and 1.0 mi. east of Gridley
January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Removed build date of 1925 - bridge is obviously much older.

Recent Comments 

Posted March 28, 2017

If the date of 1858 is correct, this is an extremely old bridge. Does anyone have a photograph of it?

Posted March 27, 2017

Not to interject seriousness into this levity...

But bird's mess can be acidic and bad for metal. This issue emphasizes the importance of cleaning, maintenance, and fresh paint on bridges with extreme bird activity.

If you go to the San Antonio Riverwalk you might notice betting on the underside of the bridges. Of course, this has to do with people under the bridges...

Watts Mill Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 19, 2017

Nice! A continuous pony truss - and a very old one at that! I would hate to see this one disappear. It is quite the rarity, I would think.

Posted March 17, 2017

Nick:

Do you have an e-mail address? Could you send me a P.M?

Robert

Posted March 17, 2017

Thanks, John. I haven't had much chance to bridgehunt in that region. This design is almost non existent in Kansas, save for this example.

Posted March 16, 2017

Awesome! Local support for bridges is paramount. So many preservation success stories begin with grassroots efforts.

Posted March 16, 2017

This one has been altered a bit, but it is still a great pony truss. Nice find!

Posted March 16, 2017

Well, that is too bad. Overall, Geary County has done a great job of preserving historic bridges. I would have liked to have seen this one.

Posted March 16, 2017

What a great find! I would say that the Kansas Default Date of ca. 1910 is probably not far off in this instance.

I have found throughout my travels that locals often take great pride in their bridges.

Posted March 16, 2017

Thanks, Nathan. I was very surprised when I first saw photographs of this bridge because I immediately thought of the New York example. I didn't recall seeing others like it, which made me think either a relocation job or a railroad standard design.

Posted March 16, 2017

Compare this bridge with this one:

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...

John? Nathan? Et.al? Thoughts?

Did a Boston Bridge Works product somehow find itself in the middle of Kansas? Was this a railroad standard design built by different companies?

Posted March 16, 2017

Hi Nick:

I devised my theory before I realized that there were old limestone abutments under the newer concrete bents. These abutments might match the time period and spacing needed for this Bowstring. In this case, then perhaps this is the original location.

Posted March 16, 2017

KSHS officially considers this bridge to be NRHP Eligible. I have attached a KHRI PDF above.

Posted March 16, 2017

Nathan:

Thanks for the input. I was leaning towards possibility #1. I still consider this to be a highly significant bridge despite its alterations and possible relocation years ago.

I have seen photographs of bowstrings that were altered much more drastically than this one...

Posted March 16, 2017

Upon further review, this Bowstring does not seem to match other WIBC Bowstrings, save for the use of Keystone Columns on the top chord. There is no lacing on any of the verticals or outriggers.

There are three possibilities here:

1. The bridge has been heavily altered.

2. This bridge represents an unusual variation of the typical WIBC design.

3. The bridge was not built by the WIBC.

I am retaining the WIBC category for now, but will note "likely fabricator".

I still have a strong suspicion that this bridge was moved from some other location - even if the move happened a very long time ago.