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Coal Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in October 2016


BH Photo #367891


Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Coal Creek on X.5-21 Local, 2.0 mi. north of Verdi
Ottawa County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced
Likely built ca. 1900. Demolished ca. 2014.
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Three panel, pin-connected Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 39.0 ft.
Total length: 79.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01612, -97.49204   (decimal degrees)
39°00'58" N, 97°29'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/630550/4319647 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vine Creek
Average daily traffic (as of 2001)
Inventory numbers
KS 000720803504360 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18356 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Kansas (3,269)
Kansas City Bridge Co. (144)
Lost (28,464)
One-lane traffic (7,835)
Ottawa County, Kansas (29)
Owned by county (21,607)
Pony truss (17,011)
Pratt pony truss (3,950)
Pratt truss (10,296)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,219)
Structurally deficient (12,885)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,792)
Truss (35,451)
Wooden deck (6,160)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
  • October 17, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • April 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories to reflect the design of this bridge.


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


Coal Creek Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Coal Creek Bridge
Posted October 17, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. Had I known that it was lost, I would have updated the page to save you from a wild goose chase. At least now we know. Thanks for making the trip to check it out.

Coal Creek Bridge
Posted October 17, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

I visited and talked to an adjacent property owner yesterday named Colin, he said the bridge was removed in 2013 or 2014. It is no longer. See photos.

Coal Creek Bridge
Posted April 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)