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Clear Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in November 2017


BH Photo #410252



Camelback Parker pony truss bridge over Clear Creek, 6.5 mi. north and 0.5 mi. west of Baileyville
Nemaha County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1930; rehabilitated 1970
Camelback Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.93946, -96.19278   (decimal degrees)
39°56'22" N, 96°11'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/739851/4424811 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Seneca NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 03000360 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000660941503084 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18213 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 38 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built during 1930s (11,769)
Camelback truss (375)
Functionally obsolete (6,367)
Kansas (3,195)
NR-listed (2,961)
Nemaha County, Kansas (110)
Open (39,977)
Owned by county (20,848)
Parker pony truss (383)
Parker truss (1,684)
Pony truss (16,241)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,453)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,598)
Truss (32,958)

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 22, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Camelback truss"



Clear Creek Bridge
Posted April 30, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Any idea why they took the rivets out?

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2018, by Larry Hornbaker (larryhornbaker [at] outlook [dot] com)

Stopped by this beautiful bridge recently and noticed some repair work on a plate with newer bolts and nuts next to the original rivets.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted November 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this one has been on my bucket list for a while I just never have gotten there. I suspect it was probably built by the Wayland Bridge Company but I don't know that for sure. It is one of the best examples of the bizarre paired angle trusses we have in this region of the country. These trusses come in a variety of designs which makes them all significant.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted November 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

cool old thing....