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Long Shoals Bridge

   


Long Shoals Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 6, 2016
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
265th Street Over Little Osage River
Location
Rural: Bourbon County, Kansas
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: Midland Bridge Company of Kansas City, Missouri

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
174.8 Feet (53.3 Meters)
Structure Length
175.8 Feet (53.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.4 Feet (4.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
000061115005760

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It is almost impossible to see the things that make this pin-connected Parker truss unique when there are leaves on the trees. Bypassed, abandoned, and subsequently overgrown by everything ranging from trees to some of the most prosperous poison ivy ever seen, this bridge (at least in the summer) hides its secrets well. The bridge has rare vertical end posts, which are topped off by a heavily ornamental portal bracing that includes cast iron finials and a builder plaque. None of which were clearly visible when this bridge was visited!

Fortunately, this bridge has a brighter (and more visible) future, as there are plans to relocate, restore, and preserve this bridge for pedestrian use in Fort Scott.

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