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Heizer Bridge



See this photo in the Kansas Historic Resources Inventory.

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BH Photo #222927



Abandoned through truss bridge over Walnut Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Heizer
Barton County, Kansas
Built in 1887 by the P.E. Lane Bridge & Iron Works
- P.E. Lane of Chicago, Illinois
Pinned Pratt through truss, likely wrought iron
Length of largest span: 113.8 ft.
Total length: 115.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
Also called
Walnut Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.43169, -98.89475   (decimal degrees)
38°25'54" N, 98°53'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/509186/4253719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89002178 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000050651505163 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17392 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2007)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
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19th Century (7,754)
Abandoned (3,754)
Barton County, Kansas (11)
Built 1887 (220)
Built during 1880s (2,035)
Kansas (3,219)
NR-listed (2,974)
Owned by county (21,035)
P.E. Lane (12)
Pin-connected (3,979)
Pipe Railing (3)
Pratt through truss (5,528)
Pratt truss (9,499)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,432)
Through truss (15,460)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,225)
Truss (33,424)
Wooden deck (6,101)
Wrought Iron (405)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2019: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Pipe Railing"
  • February 18, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Modified Status.
  • February 17, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 13, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Wrought Iron", "Pin-connected"
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builders
  • July 23, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Builders and Categories.



Heizer Bridge
Posted February 19, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to that catalogue, P.E. Lane built at least three bridges in Barton County with span lengths of 90, 100, and 120 feet. This might be the 120 foot span, if P.E. Lane rounded up a bit.

Heizer Bridge
Posted February 18, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Nathan has a link to a P.E. Lane catalogue. You can find it here:


Heizer Bridge
Posted February 17, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one perfectly camouflaged in the Fall forest, neat old P.E. Lane, deck has not been removed, but rotting and crumbling, both plaques gone, would love to see one turn up in a local historical museum or something - a pleasure to be in this one's presence, very happy it's still extant

Heizer Bridge - Metal Truss Bridges of Kansas multiple property listing.
Posted April 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Walnut Creek Bridge was among the first metal truss bridges to be considered for NRHP listing as part of the Metal Truss Bridges of Kansas multiple listing in the 1980s. This initial listing considered the Walnut Creek Bridge to be a product of an in-state builder C.R. Lane. This may be technically correct as C.R. Lane was based in Topeka and appears to have been in charge of what was essentially the Topeka "branch office" of P.E. Lane.

According to the initial multiple property listing, C.R. Lane provided the iron for the dome of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. You can view the original multiple property listing here:


Please note that some information in this listing is out of date now.

Heizer Bridge
Posted July 15, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the NRHP form, (see link on page) P.E. Lane Bridge & Iron Works claimed to have built 42 bridges in Kansas by 1889. This makes sense, given that the firm had a branch in Topeka, and apparently had another branch further west in Denver. When the NRHP form was completed, this was the only confirmed P.E. Lane bridge remaining in the state. Of course, we now know that there is at least one other example remaining, the Augusta Vicinity Whitewater River Bridge in Butler Co. There may only be these two now, but, if bridgehunting in Kansas, be aware that an unidentified, pre-1900, bridge could potentially be a P.E. Lane product.

According to the latest Google Maps, this bridge still remains in place, but the road is non-existent.

Heizer Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth now has imagery from October 12, 2011 which clearly show a truss bridge here. Great news indeed.

Heizer Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Article confirming that the bridge was extant as of 2010. http://www.hutchnews.com/Print/RUral-routes-SUn--Bridges-of-...

Heizer Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one was still standing as of a couple years ago. It was listed on the NRHP despite it being listed as ineligible on the survey. Just look at that beautiful plaque! I sure hope that is still on the bridge, or at least preserved somewhere. It looks as though another plaque was removed.

Heizer Bridge
Posted January 6, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a hidden Gem...if it indeed still exists!

This is likely one of P.E. Lane's older remaining spans.