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Rose Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110303


Bedstead pony truss bridge over Rose Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 6.0 mi. west of Munden
Republic County, Kansas
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Bedstead Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 29.8 ft.
Total length: 32.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92160, -97.65171   (decimal degrees)
39°55'18" N, 97°39'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/615223/4419926 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belleville NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000790787003105 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18431 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2014)
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: 23.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 23, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Yup Robert... According to the NBI it's closed (Changed status)
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Wrought Iron", "Wrought Iron Bridge Co."
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories.
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited categories
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Overview" and "Design Description"


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Rose Creek Bridge
Posted July 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I was noticing that the NBI had indicated that the bridge was closed. In this region, closure can either mean that the bridge is going to be replaced immediately, or that it's going to rust in peace until its eventual collapse. In some cases, it can also indicate that it will soon be transferred to a private owner who will then have to assume responsibility for it.

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

I am afraid that this one might have been closed - or worse. You don't see a Bedstead Whipple Pony everyday...

Actually, I suspect that it was a regular Bedstead that had some extra verticals added. I need to revisit the bridge and document it properly.

Rose Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect that Gene is right about parts being added. It looks to me that the county "Whipplefied" this one by adding extra verticals. I need to revisit and reevaluate this one to make sure the verticals are not original. I have learned a lot about bridges since I visited this one.

I hope that Republic County continues to maintain these unique little Bedsteads - or at least allows them to be preserved someday.

Rose Creek Bridge
Posted December 14, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I think there were parts added to this bridge. For what reason, remains a mystery.

Rose Creek Bridge
Posted May 13, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (Bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I am not certain how to clasify this pin connected pony truss. This does appear to be a variation on the Bedstead design, similar to others in Republic County. Note that the diagonal members on this bridge appear to interesect three vertical members.

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