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Stranger Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2017


BH Photo #388247


Pony truss bridge over Stranger Creek
Atchison County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 128.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.50333, -95.28167   (decimal degrees)
39°30'12" N, 95°16'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/303823/4375119 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 6 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 27
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000031039503682 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17378 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.7 (out of 100)
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Atchison County, Kansas (67)
Built during 1940s (4,283)
Kansas (3,287)
One-lane traffic (8,094)
Open (41,354)
Owned by county (21,933)
Pony truss (17,467)
Pratt pony truss (4,105)
Pratt truss (10,774)
Riveted (2,748)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,784)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,428)
Truss (37,766)
Wooden deck (6,248)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Riveted"
  • April 27, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A construction date of 1940 is possible but I would agree that this could very likely be older than 1940. Most bridges that are as lightweight as this one do tend to be older than 1940.

This is one of several pony trusses in eastern Kansas and western Missouri that are composed of paired angles. This is a really nice example. I have a suspicion that the Wayland Bridge Company in Washington, Kansas built these bridges but I have not been able to confirm that for certain. In addition, I would not be entirely shocked if a few examples were to be discovered in Nebraska or even southwestern Iowa someday. I have not found any evidence that either Kansas or Missouri used these as any sort of state standard, so there is a possibility they could be found in a neighboring state even though that has not happened yet.

Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that whoever built these Bridges used several different configurations including the Parker, the Pratt (I think), the Warren, and the Queenpost.

Stranger Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one is gorgeous, sitting up very very high off the creek. Looks older than the 1940's date stated - amazing and impressive, especially underneath looking up.