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Kaw River Bridge

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Kansas River Bridge

The Iola Register: June 2 1962

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BH Photo #457436

Description 

This may have been built in 1892 and lost in to ice 1962. It experienced serious damage from several floods and ice jams.

Picture here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eudora_public_library/911848751...

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Kansas River at Eudora on Elm Street
Location
Douglas County, Kansas, and Leavenworth County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Design
Six Pratt through trusses with pony truss approach
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95665, -95.09561   (decimal degrees)
38°57'24" N, 95°05'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/318418/4314054 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eudora
Land survey
T. 13 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 5
Inventory number
BH 57829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 1, 2013: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Flickr - Postcard of bridge
  • Eudora History - Description of Kaw Bridge
  • Lawrence Journal-World - Reopening after 1935 ice damage
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Kaw River Bridge
Posted January 10, 2021, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It is widely believed by engineers that the true cause of this bridges failure was scour caused or worsened by the construction of the Eudora Bridge and the deflection of the river currents caused by it's piers. Ice damage was the immediate cause but the piers were already weakened by scour.