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White Rock Creek Bridge

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1895 Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works, Leavenworth, KS

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2021

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BH Photo #513940

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Overview
Pratt Bedstead pony truss bridge over White Rock Creek on a local road, 1.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. east of Lovewell
Location
Jewell County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1895
Builder
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
Design
4-panel, pinned Pratt Bedstead pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 59.1 ft.
Total length: 98.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.88058, -97.97006   (decimal degrees)
39°52'50" N, 97°58'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/588069/4415011 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Scandia NW
Inventory numbers
KS 000450753003162 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40994 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type and added builder and date.
  • December 24, 2021: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 16, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • May 15, 2021: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • August 16, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved the pin from a cornfield to the bridge.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted December 24, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Ok, many of those old comments need to be disregarded for the bridge description since I had mixed up the bridges, although they apply for one of the other White Rock Creek bridges I visited yesterday...anyway....correct comments for this bridge now - very nice surprise with this one, plaque intact (mostly), very rickety bedstead, navigable but definitely not road worthy, long-abandoned, 126 year old beauty, extremely rural, fun visit

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 15, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

and some cool inriggers

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted May 15, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This one definitely a weird adventure, very overgrown road, and private property on other side of giant 9' tall pony truss, fairly solid otherwise

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, let's hope so. Several bridges in the area that were listed as "closed", were actually lost. There were a few exceptions though, with this being one of them.

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That backhoe might just be for irrigation of the fields, as there are some smaller channels nearby.

Based on the near non-existence of the road, I would be rather surprised if they replace it with a new bridge.

White Rock Creek Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been listed as "unknown" since it has not been assessed by the NBI since the early 1990s.

The potentially good news is that Google Imagery indicates very clearly that the bridge is extant...

The potentially bad news is that Google Imagery indicates very clearly that there is construction activity near the bridge...