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Fall River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2017


BH Photo #386474



Pratt through truss bridge over Fall River on Minor Col, 2.6 mi. north and 2.4 mi. west of Fall River
Greenwood County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1929
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 211.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.64514, -96.06872   (decimal degrees)
37°38'43" N, 96°04'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/758622/4170486 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fall River Lake
Land survey
T. 28 S., R. 12 E., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000370955906242 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17776 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 12, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 11, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: This is a through truss, not a pony truss.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Fall River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this one several years ago. I forgot about the pony approach spans. This one would seem to be a prime candidate for preservation given its location. It is also a nice representative of a riveted Pratt that was constructed towards the end of the truss era.

Fall River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Not sure this could be any more scenic, the bridge is over Fall River as it forms from the lake outlet on the dam and there is the state park camping area right next to the two unbelievably huge landmarks. Spent a good 40 minutes walking over the bridge and watching the water pour out of the dam, lots of campers at the park also enjoying the beautiful sites. Fantastic nearly-90 year old bridge, in fantastic shape.