1 vote

Saline River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #379918


Through truss bridge over Saline River, 2.0 mi. west and 3.0 mi. north of Shipton
Saline County, Kansas, and Ottawa County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 148.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95812, -97.72435   (decimal degrees)
38°57'29" N, 97°43'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/610527/4312903 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000850779004440 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18502 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • February 22, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Saline River Bridge
Posted February 22, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has 7 panels, which is quite a few for a Pratt through truss that is supposedly only 100 feet long. In other words, the panels on this bridge are just over 14 feet long assuming that the span length is correct. These are rather short panels, although older Pratts from the 1870s may have much shorter panels yet.

Generally speaking, older Pratt trusses of roughly 100 feet have shorter panels than newer Pratt trusses of roughly 100 feet. The same concept applies at lengths of roughly 80', 120', etc. Of course there are numerous exceptions to this rule, but from my observations it seems to pan out more often than not. Otherwise, this looks like a bridge that might have been constructed Ca. 1900.

Saline River Bridge
Posted February 22, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Kind of tricky getting to this one... have to enter from the south up the public road. Very pretty spot.... apart from the lumber missing looks very solid.

Saline River Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)