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Indian Creek Bridge


Lost pony truss bridge over Indian Creek
Johnson County, Kansas
Replaced by a Mail Order Bridge that carries a hiking trail
Built ca. 1930; Replaced by a Mail Order Bridge in 2008.
Pony truss
Span length: 74.2 ft.
Total length: 74.2 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.93086, -94.63150   (decimal degrees)
38°55'51" N, 94°37'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/358584/4310369 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 17883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1930s (12,295)
Johnson County, Kansas (49)
Kansas (3,287)
Lost (31,137)
Lost 2008 (378)
Lost during 2000s (4,467)
Owned by city (6,239)
Pony truss (17,466)
Replaced by new bridge (21,199)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,645)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,810)
Truss (37,739)

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Added new information to Status Description and History.
  • January 10, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Lost and replaced


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Indian Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Sorry, I just noticed that the link didn't make it into my comment. Brainiac!


Indian Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Right you are, Robert! Below is a link regarding the replacements of Bridges #12 and 13 on the Katy Trail in Missouri. One was a pony truss bridge on a trail, and still did not manage to escape execution by whoever is responsible for these structures and the maintenance of them. The Katy Trail has a great number of beautiful steel truss bridges, and hopefully this disturbing occurrence is not the beginning of a devastating trend of replacement of bridges on the trail. These bridges are not the only historic bridges to be replaced along the trail, either. A massive Pratt through truss was also replaced, but I can't seem to find any information on it. Please note also that these replacements were still carried out DESPITE strong, outspoken opposition from the general public!

Indian Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just because a historic bridge carries a pedestrian trail over a creek does not guarantee that it won't be replaced with a MOB...

Indian Creek Bridge
Posted January 2, 2009, by Ben Prusia

This bridge took the Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail over the Indian Creek linking Overland Park and Leawood. The former El Monte/Mission Road used this bridge previously before Mission Road was realigned to the east. The old truss structure has been replaced in late 2008 with a typical bridge that is used throughout the county on bike and hike trails.