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A Classic Utilitarian Pratt Truss

Vliets, KS, United States
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Thanks to the Coronavirus, I am not able to travel, so I am writing stories about some of my adventures from years ago. While I was living in Kansas, I came upon a classic utilitarian structure known as a pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these bridges could be mass-produced and then shipped to the bridge site in pieces. They could then be assembled on site by a crew of workers. Thousands of them were erected all over the United States, but over the years they have been replaced one by one with modern concrete bridges. They are becoming less common every year, and I was glad to find one on a back road between the towns of Vliets and Frankfort in Kansas. The bridge spans the Black Vermillion River on Tumbleweed Road.
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