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Wolf Pen Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #376971


Two span stone arch bridge over Wolf Pen Creek, 3.4 mi. east and 1.0 mi. south of Elsmore
Allen County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement
Built ca. 1920
Two span stone arch
Length of largest span: 17.1 ft.
Total length: 36.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.77667, -95.09000   (decimal degrees)
37°46'36" N, 95°05'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/315938/4183093 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Moran SE
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000011063906060 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Allen County, Kansas (52)
Arch (12,775)
Built during 1920s (10,349)
Deck arch (11,999)
Doomed (1,080)
Kansas (3,280)
One-lane traffic (8,048)
Open (41,255)
Owned by county (21,818)
Span length under 25 feet (7,141)
Stone arch (3,327)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,630)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2019: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement
  • January 28, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Overview, Design and Number of main spans.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net


Wolf Pen Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Very nice. If the ca. 1920 date is correct, this is a very late stone arch bridge (save for the WPA bridges).

Wolf Pen Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Wow. Gorgeous. Few bits missing now, but hanging tough, and still very much open to traffic. Pretty January day for some first photos.

Wolf Pen Creek Bridge
Posted December 9, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)