1 vote

Twin Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017


BH Photo #414553



Pony truss bridge over Twin Creek, 3.0 mi. south and 4.6 mi. east of Osborne
Osborne County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1905
Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 52.2 ft.
Total length: 54.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.39434, -98.60900   (decimal degrees)
39°23'40" N, 98°36'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/533668/4360611 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Downs South
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KS 000710683603840 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18350 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1905 (806)
Built during 1900s (7,365)
Closed (2,693)
Kansas (3,210)
One-lane traffic (7,625)
Osborne County, Kansas (24)
Owned by county (20,977)
Pony truss (16,354)
Pratt pony truss (3,688)
Pratt truss (9,445)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,149)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,343)
Truss (33,252)
Wooden deck (6,100)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Per Nick, Pin Set
  • December 23, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Twin Creek Bridge
Posted December 24, 2017, by Dana&Kay

Most Welcome Nick thanks for making the journey and sharing!

Twin Creek Bridge
Posted December 24, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Thank you for correcting that pin, Dana and Kay 😊

Twin Creek Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a nice find. I would say that the listed construction date of 1905 is probably correct or at least relatively close.

Overall, this looks more like a circa 1900 bridge to me than an 1880s bridge. It is traditionally composed and does not have the unusual cast iron components or other non-standardized features that you might find on an older bridge.

This bridge does have those unusual inriggers however. The presence of these inriggers might increase its significance a bit. Despite the fact this bridge is potentially post 1900, I would not be shocked if the eye bars might actually be wrought iron.

Twin Creek Bridge
Posted December 23, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Couple things on this - 1) pin drop as of 12/23 is in wrong spot, needs to be moved east on same 120th road, not to the 1st creek crossing (Indian), but next one very close to east (Twin Creek), 2) bridge is CLOSED