Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2017
BH Photo #383357
Has, not had. Bridge is still in place
This bridge had a very strong resemblance to the 1887 Lakewood Park Bridge a few miles away in Salina. Chances are, these bridges were both built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works at about the same time. Saline County seemed to prefer this company. I have added MVB&IW as the likely fabricator.
Have got a few pictures
Yes, this is the same bridge, east of Assaria and just north of the current road. Glad to know that it is still standing. It would be great to have some pictures on here.
If this bridge is the one located due East of Assaria on Assaria Road, then I can tell you it is in fact still in existance-my brother-in-law lives in that area. The bridge is in fair shape, and you can walk right on to it from the road. The deck is in rough enough shape that I didn't walk too far out on it. I have a picture of it somewhere.
This bridge was still standing as of ca. 2000, although it had been long abandoned by then. The new bridge was constructed away from the old bridge, so apparently demolition was not needed. khri.kansasgis.com lists the date of construction as ca. 1900. I would not be surprised if the bridge is a few years older and possibly constructed of wrought iron.