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This is a list of all 8 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Kansas. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1882 Long Creek
Melvern vicinity, Kansas, USA (Long Creek - Francis Crossing)
Bridgemeister ID:2062
Principals:Wilden Bridge Company
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed, c. 1970
Notes
  • In the June 18, 1970 edition of the Daily Tribune newspaper (Great Bend, Kansas) an article titled "Last Suspension Bridge to Fall" describes this bridge: "The suspension bridge appears to be going the way of the old covered bridge in Kansas. At least, the particular type of suspension span represented by Osage County Bridge No. 18 may be gone when this structure is replaced within two years. L.D. Pierce, Osage County engineer, said he believes this 'homemade' suspension bridge probably is the last of its kind in this state. He said it was built in 1882 from a pencil-drawn plan that probably was prepared by asurveyor or a millwright. He said it was constructed with materials that could be found in any hardware store and lumber yard. For example, cables are No. 9 gauge wire, bound together. Pierce said at one time there were five or six of these bridges in Osage County. The 100-foot span over Long Creek has been closed to traffic since 1967."
  • See Long Creek - Melvern, Kansas, USA.
1904 Moline Swinging
Moline, Kansas, USA (Wildcat Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:294
O'Donnell ID:1014
Coordinates:N 37.36578 W 96.30433
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:~103f
Side spans:~34f, ~35f
Notes
1930 (pipeline bridge)
Hollenberg, Kansas, USA (Little Blue River)
Bridgemeister ID:167
References:USS
Principals:Matthews & Kenan
Use:Pipeline
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:500f
Side spans:2 x 230f
1985 (footbridge)
Salina, Kansas, USA (Smoky Hill River - Oakdale Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1847
O'Donnell ID:1019
Coordinates:N 38.833167 W 97.6041
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Frank R. Weinhold
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~90f
Side spans:2 x ~45f
1991 Richardson Golden Gate
Mulvane, Kansas, USA (Cowskin Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2576
O'Donnell ID:1015
Coordinates:N 37.46457 W 97.30021
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Larry Richardson
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:100f
Side spans:18f, 20f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Halstead, Kansas, USA (Little Arkansas River - Riverside Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1085
O'Donnell ID:1017
Coordinates:N 38.00838 W 97.50696
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~116f
Side spans:2 x ~30f
Notes
  • Small footbridge with steel towers. Evidently located in the park where the 1956 William Holden movie "Picnic" was filmed.
(footbridge)
Salina vicinity, Kansas, USA (Mulberry Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:872
O'Donnell ID:1020
Coordinates:N 38.88861 W 97.59963
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~77f
Side spans:~38f, ~50f
Long Creek
Melvern, Kansas, USA (Melvern Dam vicinity)
Bridgemeister ID:2061
O'Donnell ID:970
Coordinates:N 38.513867 W 95.704033
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Notes
  • Sign at bridge reads: "Long Creek Suspension Bridge. This is a replica of the bridge that once spanned Long Creek at Francis Crossing approximately 2 miles southwest of Melvern. It was the only known bridge of this design in Kansas. The bridge was originally constructed between 1885 and 1890 by the Wilden Bridge Company. The original bridge was 100 feet long and 13 feet wide. It was designed for horse drawn hay wagons..."
  • See 1882 Long Creek - Melvern vicinity, Kansas, USA.

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