2 votes

East Marsh Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017


BH Photo #414939



Pony truss bridge over East Marsh Creek, 2.6 mi. south and 1.3 mi. east of Formoso
Jewell County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1905
Queenpost pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 97.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.74606, -97.96537   (decimal degrees)
39°44'46" N, 97°57'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/588642/4400084 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jamestown NW
Land survey
T. 3 S., R. 6 W., Sec. 35
Inventory numbers
KS 000450753303346 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,407)
Built 1905 (814)
Built during 1900s (7,512)
Closed (2,732)
Jewell County, Kansas (70)
Kansas (3,260)
Owned by county (21,368)
Pin-connected (4,327)
Pony truss (16,783)
Queenpost truss (288)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,000)
Steel stringer (6,567)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,699)
Truss (34,595)
Wooden deck (6,117)

Update Log 

  • December 26, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Local Branch Bridge
Posted December 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The more I stare at the substructure on this bridge, the more mind bogglingly wierd it becomes.

If you like Whipple trusses, go to Indiana. If you like curved concrete girders, go to Michigan. If you like cast iron bridges, go back east. If you like really big bridges, go to California. But, if you like really odd, bizarre, and unique bridges that mess with your mind, Kansas might be the place for you.

With a creative County Engineer and some guys with skills, you can git 'r done!

Local Branch Bridge
Posted December 26, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an extremely rare example of an anti gravitational Queenpost truss...

Okay, joking aside, this bridge appears to have a bad case of slipping slab syndrome. The trusses appear to be supported by non original pile bents. This unconventional support system makes this bridge look like it's floating at first glance.

This is a weird little substructure system but apparently it has held the bridge up for a while.

Local Branch Bridge
Posted December 26, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Great queenpost - only accessible from north side of road, loooong approach and cool (albeit failed) concrete reinforcements (see the sliding slab wall) - feels like a lot of interesting history with this one.