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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Elk Falls Pratt Truss Bridge

Picture of property off Montgomery St., across the Elk River, Elk Falls vicinity
Elk Falls (Elk County)
Listed in National Register May 6, 1994

Architect: Not listed
Category: road-related
Thematic Nomination: Metal Truss Bridges in Kansas

Constructed 1892-1893, the Elk Falls Pratt Truss Bridge is a wrought iron Pratt truss bridge that spans the Elk River. The Pratt truss is a system of parallel chords and vertical members in compression with diagonal members that slant toward the center in tension. The bridge measures 130 feet long by 16 feet wide and is supported by two limestone abutments built into each bank of the river and. Wood decking provides the roadway for the bridge. It was as part of the "Metal Truss Bridges of Kansas Multiple Property Submission" for its architectural significance.

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