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McTaggart Bridge


The McTaggart Bridge 

Written by Robert Elder

The Kansas State Historical Society has a webpage for a three span truss bridge that was located in Section 11, Township 33 South, Range 16 East in Montgomery County, Kansas. The page describes the bridge as being eight miles north of Coffeyville, KS. The bridge consisted of an eight panel, pin-connected Parker Camelback through truss, with a Pratt through truss on each end. The bridge was supported by massive stone pillars (probably limestone) and appeared to feature pipe railings. The main span had A-frame portal bracing.

Link to KSHS page (also in comment below): http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?tab=details&in=125-0000-...

KSHS Photograph: http://khri.kansasgis.org/displayImage.cfm?file=125-0000-002...

One of a few online references to the McTaggart Bridge:


Lost Camelback through truss bridge with Pratt through truss approach spans over Verdigris River
Montgomery County, Kansas
Built 1915; Demolished ?
- Rochester Bridge Co. of Rochester, Indiana
8 panel, pin-connected Parker Camelback through truss with two Pratt through truss approaches.
Also called
Verdigris River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.18167, -95.62862   (decimal degrees)
37°10'54" N, 95°37'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/266650/4118262 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44396 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1915 (1,229)
Built during 1910s (9,632)
Camelback truss (372)
Kansas (3,191)
Lost (24,724)
Montgomery County, Kansas (54)
Pratt through truss (5,388)
Pratt truss (9,295)
Rochester Bridge Co. (59)
Through truss (15,058)
Truss (32,778)
Verdigris River (33)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status and Status Description - lost.
  • March 10, 2010: Essay added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


McTaggart Bridge
Posted August 6, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

KDOT has past county maps online. The 1987 map shows the road crossing the river, in 1998 the symbol for a gate is on either side of the river, and 2010 shows a gate on the west side and the road ends short of the river on the east.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted August 6, 2018, by Debbie Geiger (djgeiger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was researching this bridge because in 2010, I was following my AAA TripTik to take us from Independence, KS to Mansfield, MO. It took me down 3800 to a road closed sign!

I'm still wondering how AAA got it wrong!

Interesting that I can't find when the bridge disappeared.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted October 24, 2017, by Luke

"The county commissioners today let a contract to the Rochester Bridge Company for rebuilding the McTaggart bridge over the Verdigris, destroyed by a cyclone several months ago. The price agreed ujon is $1,725"

McTaggart Bridge
Posted October 24, 2017, by Don Morrison

Apparently, here's a little more info on this bridge.



November 23, 1914

The Evening Star from Independence, Kansas Page 8

Screenshot included shows OCR of relevant text.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted October 24, 2017, by Debra McTaggart (learnandlive [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am a descendant of the family for which this bridge was named. There was a mill nearby on the base of the Verdigris River called McTaggart Mill where nearby farmers brought their corn and wheat. My great grandfather, Daniel McTaggart, founded Liberty, Kansas, and built the mill on the river bank.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted November 28, 2015, by Seth veith (seth_dv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge in the picture is mc taggart bridge. As I commented earlier you can see the dam in the background. First picture I have ever seen of this bridge. Nice to see.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted November 28, 2015, by Seth veith (seth_dv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was demolished. What you see in the satellite pictures is a four foot tall dam that expans the width of the river. Except the middle six feet is missing. The pillars were made of sandstone. Many of the blocks are still on the west bank. My family owned the farmland west of this bridge for generations. I was told that the first settlers came across this ford where the bridge was eventually built. Before that it was used by native Americans to cross the verdigris. I have fount arrowheads in the immediate area.

McTaggart Bridge
Posted March 10, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge probably matches this one from the KSHS site because the location appears to match (Sec 11, T33s, R16e:


I will write an essay about this bridge shortly, but to make a long story short, I had previously considered this bridge to be lost.