11 votes

Carey's Ford Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103137


Through truss bridge over Marais Des Cygnes River on 335th Street, southeast of Stanton
Miami County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1909 by the Kansas City Bridge Co.; made obsolete by new bridge 2008, but remains open to traffic.
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
From west to east:
Riveted Warren pony truss
Pin-connected, 9-panel Parker through truss
Riveted Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 159.1 ft.
Total length: 251.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.52068, -95.03368   (decimal degrees)
38°31'14" N, 95°02'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/322709/4265547 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89002179 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000611067705040 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18119 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 30, 2020: New photos from Neil Krout
  • January 5, 2018: New photos from Neil Krout
  • December 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Camelback truss"
  • January 16, 2012: New photos from James Grooms
  • November 9, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Clarified history.
  • January 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • June 21, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories.
  • October 6, 2008: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • June 9, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • March 8, 2008: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Grooms - Jayb2664 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted October 23, 2021, by Maddie W. (madwat5150 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up in Miami County and have always loved bridges, unfortunately the Carey's Ford bridge is closed as of right now. I'm not sure what the circumstances are.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted July 25, 2021, by Bruce Morgan (artie_morgan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge is closed due to structural damage

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted April 19, 2020, by Mike Hysom (mhysom1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is open and fully passable as of 2/29/2020 @advtravelproject

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted October 12, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge is closed as of 12 Oct 18 due to damage from flood debris.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted December 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Rickety and noisy planks indeed!! Our first visit today - amazing.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted October 24, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wood decks like this scare the mess out of me! What a neat bridge, though. Glad to hear it has avoided the torch thus far.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted November 22, 2015, by Robert Elder

I imagine that the old bridge is a shortcut for a few families. I also would not be surprised if a few folks still use the old bridge on occasion just for the fun of it.

Overall, the way Miami County handled this situation was highly commendable. There is no doubt that a new bridge was needed for heavier vehicles. Those who needed a new bridge got a new bridge. Those who appreciate the old bridge still have the old bridge. Thanks to Miami County building the new bridge on a different alignment, we have a win-win situation.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted November 22, 2015, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even with the new Pressonville Rd bridge, this bridge still sees 26 cars a day.

Carey's Ford Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A modern concrete bridge has been constructed on Pressonville Road approximately 3/4 of a mile to the northeast. This new bridge effectively replaced the Carey's Ford Bridge. The Carey's Ford Bridge remains open to traffic however.