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West Kansas Avenue Bridge


West Kansas Avenue Bridge

view c1960

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #516299

Street View 


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Kansas River on Kansas Avenue/K-32
Wyandotte County, Kansas
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1912, rehabilitated 1938, replaced in 1988
(2)14-panel pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss spans
(6)9-panel riveted Pratt through truss spans, 3 on each side of the Pennsylvania trusses
Also called
Kansas River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08737, -94.65911   (decimal degrees)
39°05'15" N, 94°39'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/356507/4327781 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44778 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


14-panel truss (48)
9-panel truss (244)
Built 1912 (879)
Built during 1910s (10,014)
Have street view (29,166)
Kansas (3,271)
Kansas River (39)
Lost (29,050)
Lost 1988 (188)
Lost during 1980s (1,546)
Pennsylvania truss (586)
Pin-connected (4,868)
Pratt through truss (6,127)
Pratt truss (10,403)
Replaced by new bridge (19,749)
Riveted (2,566)
Through truss (17,185)
Truss (35,934)
Wyandotte County, Kansas (52)

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added to description & categories "14-panel truss", "Pin-connected", "Riveted", "9-panel truss"
  • January 28, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History and Year Built


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Ebay - Image
  • Ebay - Image


West Kansas Avenue Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I added links to a couple of post-1923 eBay postcards that show just how big and complex this bridge was. Unfortunately, information on it seems to be scanty, but it appears from the postcards that the riveted Pratt trusses may have been built 1938-1939, while the pinned Pennsylvania spans are older, likely 1912.

West Kansas Avenue Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a very significant structure which consisted of at least 6 spans.

Two spans were Pennsylvania trusses and at least one span was a Pratt/Warren hybrid.

KHSH page with photograph:


Just look at this incredible structure!