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Caney River Bridge


This is a pin connected, six panel Pratt through truss. Although this website list had previously the year of construction as 1930, several features of this bridge might suggest an earlier construction date. This includes the fact that it is pin connected and not riveted. This picture shows the view from the Caney River, looking west.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2008


BH Photo #110806


From: http://www.cityofcedarvale.com/Attractions_64P0.html

The old Caney River iron bridge is a six panel Pratt through truss bridge built in the late 1890's. This bridge is pin-connected rather than riveted. Closed to all traffic, the bridge is located 1/2 mile east of Cedar Vale on old US highway 166, then 1/2 mile north on a gravel road. The bridge’s largest span is 98.1 ft.; the total length is 129.9 feet long.; and the deck width is 16.0 feet wide.


Through truss bridge over Caney River, 0.5 mi. east of Cedarvale
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1900
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 129.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.11043, -96.48984   (decimal degrees)
37°06'38" N, 96°29'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/723039/4110071 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Vale East
870 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000100911006981 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17535 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2007)
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 3, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fix GPS
  • August 17, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added description
  • March 28, 2010: Updated by Curtis Lee: Coordinates and elevation
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" and "Design"
  • February 1, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Curtis A. Lee - leefam408 [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Caney River Bridge
Posted January 14, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I plan to revisit this one someday and do a more thorough documentation. I am thinking that this one is very possibly an 1890s Wrought Iron Bridge Company product.

The fishbelly floorbeams are an interesting feature. I do want to check and see if the hip verticals are of the four prong (ie claw) variety.