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Branch Black Vermillion Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017


BH Photo #414933


Pony truss bridge over a branch of Black Vermillion River, 8.0 mi. south and 5.5 mi. west of Frankfort
Marshall County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 26.9 ft.
Total length: 29.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.58790, -96.51851   (decimal degrees)
39°35'16" N, 96°31'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/713100/4384961 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Rapids SE
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 8 E., Sec. 27
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000580907103565 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18035 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 26, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



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

Ha....this one IS tiny, 30" tall - very cool, often say what a beautiful spot a bridge is located in, but this one is unbelievable - remote, in the gorgeous Flint Hills, amazing.

Branch Black Vermillion Bridge
Posted August 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a tiny pony truss. I have not done a field visit, but it may well be older than the Kansas default date of 1910. A newer bridge of this small size would have likely been a simple beam structure.

Marshall County still has some bridges that would be worth visiting if someone is in the area. I doubt that I will be there soon.