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 

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"
Coffey County Historical Museum Truss 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"
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

Recent Comments 

Ulm Bridge (Montana)
Posted April 25, 2018

Amanda:

You might consider this bridge to be significant. It is very clear to all of us that you consider any big bridge crossing a big river to be significant. You are certainly entitled to your opinion and you are also entitled to start your own website in order to document every big bridge over every big river in the country. I actually think there might be a market for such a website.

That being said, when you contribute to this website you should try to follow the established protocols. Trust me, we have gone through some pretty heavy debates on this website about what sort of bridges belong on here and which ones don't.

Yes, there probably was an old bridge here. The best way to handle a situation like this, is to find information and public domain photos of the old bridge. You can then create a page for the old bridge. Finally, you can add one or two photos of the new bridge that replaced it. This has become the established protocol on this website.

Ulm Bridge (Montana)
Posted April 25, 2018

I am just going to be honest that I feel that bridge is such as this one really dilute the purpose of this website. I am not seeing anything about this bridge that makes it either historic or notable. To me it looks like the multitude of other modern concrete bridges that can be found in the United States.

Once Bridgereports is completely up and running, photos of bridges such as this one can be placed there. As a new version of Uglybridges, Bridgereports is going to serve a very useful purpose. It will allow us to document mundane modern bridges such as this one.

Posted April 24, 2018

Well, Amanda, we are just going to have to disagree on the significance of this bridge. I cross bridges like this everyday.

Posted April 23, 2018

Amanda:

It is not a case of people targeting your work. It is a case of making sure that our contributions meet the standard of this website. These standards include determining what bridges are appropriate to be listed here as well as ensuring that you have the rights to post any photographs or text you add on here.

While we certainly welcome your contributions on here, I would encourage you to listen to people who have been posting on here for years. Many of the senior contributors here have years of experience and we all learn from them. This is a website that people have spent years building. We have learned through trial and error what makes for a good quality listing on here. We have also come to some gentleman's agreement on what type of bridges should be listed on here.

This bridge as a 1980s concrete monstrosity is not going to be met with much Applause on this website.

Posted April 16, 2018

Thanks to Debra for the new photograph. I am glad that the bridge is still standing, but it could collapse at any moment. That pylon is precarious to say the least.

This one needs immediate action to save it. Otherwise, somebody is looking at an expensive environmental cleanup.

Posted April 14, 2018

I am amazed that this one has not been demolished. As of a few years ago it was considered a high priority for replacement because it was thought to be just like the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. Apples and oranges.

Posted April 14, 2018

Very interesting. I drove over this bridge in November, but I had no idea what had happened here. The road to this bridge is a rough ride, but the bridges on the route are awesome!

Posted April 11, 2018

This is quite interesting. A group of people have put a special walkway over the bridge. This is an especially interesting development given the remote location of the bridge.

You can't say that Kansans don't love their truss bridges. Now, hopefully the Whitewater River will behave itself and not take out that pylon.

Posted April 11, 2018

In truth, this probably is a separate structure that should be listed separately. I was on the fence about it for a while. But, listing it separately does go against the historical precedent on this website. Thus, if somebody wants to separate a couple of bridges They should probably signal their intention to head of time. Doing so would likely prevent some backlash.

Posted April 10, 2018

Hi Amanda. You are going to find that these prefabricated mail-order bridges are very much of a sore point on this website. A lot of times, these bridges are installed on a trail where a historic bridge could have been used instead. In some instances, these bridges even replace historic bridges on trails.

Posted April 9, 2018

I think that Matt and I were posting at the same time.

Posted April 9, 2018

I don't see that anything got filled in. It looks like the same river and the same two buildings in the background in both the color photo and the black and white photo. I think these photographs are documenting a mail-order bridge, not the Othmar Ammann span.

Posted April 9, 2018

Admittedly, I know absolutely zilch about New York City bridges. That being said, this does not look like a 1950s bridge to me. It looks like a very modern mob. Is this an extremely old mob or do we have a photo and Bridge mismatched here?

If it's a mismatch please don't feel bad about it. I have mismatched a few myself.

Posted April 5, 2018

BridgeReports might still be a work in progress. Hopefully it can serve in the same role as Ugly Bridges.

Posted March 19, 2018

Nick:

There are a few of these lattice trusses left in Kansas. If you want to see a large number of them you would want to head for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes area. The Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan have a massive number of these bridges. I believe that New England might have a few examples as well.

Most examples outside of Kansas, are quadrangular intersectional lattice trusses. Most examples in Kansas are triple intersectional lattice trusses. The triple intersectional variety is rarely found in other states.