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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Spencer's Crossing Bridge

Picture of property .7 miles northwest of Greeley
Greeley (Anderson County)
Listed in National Register 1990-01-04

Architect: Wrought Iron Bridge Builders
Category: road-related
Thematic Nomination: Metal Truss Bridges in Kansas

Spencers Crossing Bridge, erected in 1885 by Wrought Iron Bridge Builders, is representative of the patented Pratt truss design of 1844. The bridge consists of three pin-connected trusses spanning 230 feet with a 16-feet wide, wooden deck situated 25 feet above Pottawatomie Creek. The east and west spans known as Pratt Pony Trusses are 41 feet and 60 feet respectively; the central span, known as a Pratt Through truss, is 129 feet. Listed as part of the Metal Truss Bridges in Kansas (1861-1939) multiple property submission, the bridge is significant for its design and the impact it made on transportation.



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