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Grant Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2017


BH Photo #402627


Pony truss bridge over Grant Creek on a local road, 0.5 mi. south and 1.0 mi. east of Layton
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1930
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.07696, -96.39383   (decimal degrees)
37°04'37" N, 96°23'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/731675/4106588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Vale East
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 23
Inventory numbers
KS 000100921207025 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40910 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,960)
Built during 1930s (12,198)
Chautauqua County, Kansas (42)
Closed (2,763)
Kansas (3,271)
Kansas City Bridge Co. (144)
Owned by county (21,658)
Pony truss (17,091)
Pratt pony truss (3,987)
Pratt truss (10,414)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,468)
Steel stringer (6,746)
Structurally deficient (12,813)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,244)
Truss (36,026)

Update Log 

  • September 14, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 17, 2017: Updated by David Backlin: Fixed GPS



Grant Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am pleasantly surprised to see that this bridge is still in place. Usually when the bridge has not had an inspection since 1991 it is not necessarily a good sign.

This one is definitely older than 1930. Try circa 1900. I suspect that the date of 1930 probably refers to when the concrete pylons were poured.

Nice find!

Grant Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Wow, this one - road closed to west, road and bridge absolutely not open to auto traffic,long long long walk down deserted road to east between fence lines to this one. Special little bridge.