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Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in November 2020

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BH Photo #485337

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Robidoux Creek, 2.7 mi. north and 2.5 mi. east of Beattie
Location
Marshall County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
Design
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.1 ft.
Total length: 37.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.90278, -96.36889   (decimal degrees)
39°54'10" N, 96°22'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/724826/4420339 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Summerfield
Land survey
T. 2 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
10
Inventory numbers
KS 000580923003128 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18046 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 8, 2020: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Agreed Art... It's def in the style of a WIBCo built span from that time frame. Of course it is certainly possible that another fabricator mimicked some of those features.

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nick,

It's in that ballpark.

Regards,

Art S.

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

It's of the style of WIBCo. which would put it from the 1870s through the 1890s. That said, most of the WIBCo. corner castings are not flat topped. I'm also curious about the 44.

Regards,

Art S.

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like we have a WIBCo. span here. Could even date into the 1870's...

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/morrow/5931134/

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 8, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Aaah thanks Art - would love it if they were that old

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 8, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nick,

Nice finds! This one and your first Wolf are by the same maker. The cast iron corner blocks are very distinct and suggest 1880ish to me.

Regards,

Art S.

Branch Robidoux Creek Bridge
Posted November 8, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

The loopy section on 24th where bridge is located is nuts - huge drop in elevation around tight corner to this one driving north over creek - pretty solid, great stone abutments - this one seems pretty remote, another one just north even moreso, more "44" stamps....thoughts on what those refer to or age of bridge? 20's - 30's?