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Lecompton-Perry Bridge



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Lecompton-Perry Bridge

Scenes from the public-domain film "Carnival Of Souls" featuring the Lecompton-Perry Bridge

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Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kansas River on Halderman Street.
Lecompton, Douglas County, Kansas, and Jefferson County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge a few hundred yards downstream.
Built 1899; Damaged due to floods in 1903, 1905, & 1908; 3 spans lost to ice jam 1910; Razed 1969
- Amos McLouth of Monroe County, Michigan
5 span Parker Camelback through truss with 1 Pratt approach span on the south end.
Total length: 1,000.0 ft.
Also called
Lecompton Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.05112, -95.39109   (decimal degrees)
39°03'04" N, 95°23'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293088/4325170 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 59981 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 8, 2017: New video from Mike Daffron
  • November 4, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • February 22, 2015: New photo from Damen Winslow
  • October 21, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • February 28, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added replacement date to history section
  • February 28, 2014: Updated by Robert Elder: The spans were simple, not continuous
  • February 27, 2014: Added by Damen Winslow



Lecompton-Perry Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Oops! Forgot to post video as public! fixed now and can be watched.

Lecompton-Perry Bridge
Posted December 19, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Winslow is correct. Photo # 3 should be placed under the Massachusetts Street Bridge listing.

Lecompton-Perry Bridge
Posted December 19, 2016, by Damen Winslow

Photo's #1 and #2 are Lecompton Bridge, but Photo #3 is looking south at Bowersock Mill, which was downstream in Lawrence and should be put in that entry, if possible. I believe the truss bridge in Lawrence was the second structure over the river there. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Lecompton-Perry Bridge
Posted November 6, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The postcard in photo #2 is labeled as being in LeCompton, but it appears to depict the Bowersock Mills area in Lawrence. Could the postcard company have made a mistake?

Lecompton Bridge
Posted February 28, 2014, by Damen

Photos of this bridge have been hard to come by. But I did see various articles in Google News archives from the Lawrence Journal-World. Apparently, it was so unsafe for commercial vehicles by 1965, that kids were dropped off, and had to walk over the bridge between buses.

Lecompton Bridge
Posted February 28, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was prominently featured in the movie "Carnival of Souls" shortly before being demolished.