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Branch Neosho River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #376617



Three span stone arch bridge over a branch of Neosho River, 0.8 mi. north of Humboldt
Allen County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1910; rehabilitated 1950
Three span stone arch
Length of largest span: 9.8 ft.
Total length: 36.1 ft.
Deck width: 40.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.83343, -95.43671   (decimal degrees)
37°50'00" N, 95°26'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/286429/4223043 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000010670 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17321 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68 (out of 100)
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Allen County, Kansas (38)
Arch (11,530)
Built during 1910s (9,245)
Deck arch (10,782)
Kansas (3,052)
Open (38,207)
Owned by county (20,050)
Span length under 25 feet (6,524)
Stone arch (2,791)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,706)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview and Design Description.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted January 22, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The galvanized steel culverts may have been installed at the rehab 65 years ago. As thin as the arches are I suspect the original structure was heavily rebuilt at that time. The steel probably salvaged rather than defaced in this case.

Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted January 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Many a stone arch spans have been "Ugli-fied" by the addition of corrugated ring liners! }:-[

Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted January 21, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Maybe there's some confusion on this one? Here is the three- arch stone bridge that is at that exact location, tiny thing just a few feet high. Possibly referring to a different one and/or incorrect pin?

Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Muninger:

It has been a few years since I have driven this road, but am relatively certain this bridge was still here ca. 2005, and the 2012 NBI does not indicate that it has been replaced recently.

My suspicion is the bridge is extant.

Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted February 12, 2014, by Mark Muninger (Mark [dot] Muninger [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am trying to remember this bridge. I ran the roads around Humboldt over 30 years ago. Is there a picture to post? A few years back while I was driving around in the area I was disappointed that the 7-arch bridge had been demolished and replaced with one of concrete. Sad how old relics of character like that have to go..............

Branch Neosho River Bridge
Posted December 9, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have driven over this bridge many times, completely aware of what was underneath.