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Pumpkin Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2017


BH Photo #398778


Pony truss bridge over Pumpkin Creek, 1.4 mi. west of Angola
Labette County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1932
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 145.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.10576, -95.47553   (decimal degrees)
37°06'21" N, 95°28'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/280023/4109472 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 18 E., Sec. 6
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000500460 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 30, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 20, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin.


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


Pumpkin Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Cool story of respect for a fallen soldier!

Pumpkin Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From The Mound Valley Journal, 25 Jan 1918:

John Shy Died At Doniphan

Another soldier boy is dead of pneumonia and this time it is a Labette county boy. John W. Shy, a son of C. W. Shy, who lives six miles southeast of Mound Valley, died Monday night at Camp Doniphan and the body was brought to Angola Thursday morning and the funeral services will be held at 1:00 o'clock today (Friday) at the Angola church.


Pumpkin Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The plaques on this bridge are really awesome! You don't normally find great plaques like this on riveted 1930s pony trusses.

Although 1930s riveted Pony trusses are less significant than 1870s bowstrings it certainly makes sense to preserve a few of the best examples. I would say that this one with its plaques is definitely one of the best examples in the area.

Pumpkin Creek Bridge
Posted July 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't wait to see pictures. Nice plaques always add to the significance.

Pumpkin Creek also has one or two closed spandrel concrete arch bridges. The Labette County listings in this site are a real mess, mostly due to NBI Coordinates, so I am trying to sort them out.

Pumpkin Creek Bridge
Posted July 28, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Wow, this one is stout. Great plaques...pretty road, remote but busy traffic