Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2016
BH Photo #372616
Just posted a video on YouTube from our 2017 visit - search "KANSAS OLD BRIDGE HUNT - abandoned French Creek Bridge" - very cool old thing
Fair enough. That is his right as a property owner. Now that he owns the bridge, he gets to control access.
That being said, we really appreciate you building a rapport with these landowners. It has been my experience that most landowners like their bridges and take great pride in them. Thus, the landowners and the Bridgehunters have something in common - an appreciation for historic bridges.
I really hope that we can build good relations with landowners and help them to preserve their bridges. Of course, if a landowner wants to get rid of a bridge, we hope that he or she will contact us so we can preserve it elsewhere.
Even the BRIDGE CLOSED signs look corroded-rusty and nearly ancient - a fun visit but property owner was insistent that more folks weren't as curious as I was - he was happy to let me take photos and even share them online - I pointed him to this website, but I got the impression he didn't want more traffic
Outstanding! This looks like a product of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company to me. The nuts that affix the diagonal to the enposts are a good clue. This one is probably ca. 1880 - 1900. The stone abutments on this one are gorgeous!
Oh this one - WOW - arrived at location, like so many others now, it is on an old lesser-used road that has been purchased by locals and is now private property. Got permission from the owner to roll down to the creek to see this beauty. Great abutments - looks very old. Awesome.
I have not yet been able to find this bridge in the NBI or KHRI databases. Satellite imagery clearly shows a pony truss at this location.