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SKOL - Fall River Bridge


This seven panel, pin connected Pratt through truss carries a railroad line over the Fall River.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in February 2008


BH Photo #111504



Pratt Through truss bridge over Fall River on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
Wilson County, Kansas
Built 1905 for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Kansas Eastern Railroad (KER)
- South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 355.0 ft.
Also called
Frisco - Fall River Bridge
Frisco - 1450 Road Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.58216, -95.95622   (decimal degrees)
37°34'56" N, 95°57'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/238956/4163566 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Albany
Land survey
T. 28 S., R. 13 E., Sec. 26
920 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KS 001030969306325 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18675 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 10, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 24, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Construction Date.
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added GPS Coordinates
  • February 28, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 7, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder

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SKOL - Fall River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All the way to Augusta? Awesome! I imagine that it could connect to the Redbud Trail coming out of Wichita, assuming that they can get a bridge in place over the Whitewater River. (Not a MOB, I pray).

The original RR bridge over the Whitewater River at Augusta(plate girder) had to be removed because the Whitewater River was undermining it.

SKOL - Fall River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge, and the line from Fredonia to Augusta is scheduled to become part of the "Iron Horse Trail", which is in the planning phase.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for this information. I believe that those three spans you mentioned have the same portal bracing as this one. Otherwise, I have never seen this exact portal bracing design anyplace else. There are other individuals on here who have looked at way more bridges than I have, so perhaps they will recognize it.

I would really hate to see this bridge turned into soup cans. The historic bridge population in this part of Southeast Kansas has dropped precipitously in the last couple decades, which makes these railroad bridges highly significant at the county level. I don't know if this line has been railbanked, or abandoned completely.


KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 25, 2017, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I visited this bridge several years ago, when the line was still not technically abandoned, in the fall when there wasn't so much brush. It seems like there was an unused concrete pier on the west side of the river, with the existing span sitting on an abutment ~20 feet or so behind that--like there was an earlier, shorter span here.

Seems like this span and the Verdigris River bridge in Neodesha are the same or very similar lengths, ~160 feet. The old Spring River bridge at Riverton, now gone, and the abandoned Neosho River bridge between Parsons and McCune are also pretty close to the same size and design.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 25, 2017, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I bought a copy of the 1965 SLSF steel bridges report from the old Frisco historical society in Springfield when it was still around. It doesn't give a lot of details other than span lengths, weight of steel, and dates, but I think most of the time that's all we really lack anyway. I've had a note to myself to dig it out and try to add some of that information to old Frisco bridge listings, but I keep getting sidetracked (no pun intended). I will try to remember that....maybe one of these weekends when the weather is bad.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have changed the construction date to ca. 1900. Unless we find out a specific date, ca. 1900 seems to be a reasonable estimation to me.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, the pinned connections and portal bracing were my main reasons for thinking early 1900s.

This is one of at least three bridges in the area with this portal bracing design.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

You are not wrong. It is completely unrealistic to think that the 1930 date is anything other than rehab date, relocation date, or total error. And even if the railroad did build pin-connected trusses in 1930 (which they didn't) they certainly wouldn't put those intriguing circles on the portal bracing!

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Luke

Looks like it came from the NBI.

KER - Fall River Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am not sure where the construction date of 1930 came from. This looks more like a circa 1900 - 1920 bridge to me, but I could be wrong.

Railroad Bridge
Posted October 30, 2010, by Robert (gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I was happy to see this bridge today, I noticed it last night while searching for new geocache locations. I took a few more photos after climbing up onto this thing.