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Black Vermillion River Tumbleweed Road Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder

BH Photo #110275


Through truss bridge over Black Vermillion River on Tumbleweed Road, 1.5 mi. west of Vliets
Marshall County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910
Pin connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 180.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71141, -96.34985   (decimal degrees)
39°42'41" N, 96°20'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/727180/4399085 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 4 S., R. 10 E., Sec. 7
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000580925103400 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18031 (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: 16.5 (out of 100)
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A-frame portal (521)
Built during 1910s (10,025)
Kansas (3,271)
Lally columns (354)
Marshall County, Kansas (107)
One-lane traffic (7,928)
Open (41,012)
Owned by county (21,658)
Pin-connected (4,902)
Pratt through truss (6,137)
Pratt truss (10,417)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,575)
Through truss (17,289)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,533)
Truss (36,056)
Wooden deck (6,176)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • July 9, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated design description and categories.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" and "Design"


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


Black Vermillion River Minor 24.1-U.0 Bridge
Posted July 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Great old thing, although, little doubtful whether this should be "open" for traffic because the day I visited, you could hear the planking bouncing around under the tires as I drove across, a bit precarious.....