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Deer Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #378891


Street Views 


Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Deer Creek on Rs 27
Atchison County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1922
Concrete through girder
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 54.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.58570, -95.18288   (decimal degrees)
39°35'09" N, 95°10'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/312540/4384051 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Atchison West
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000030270 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 75053 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Atchison County, Kansas (67)
Built 1922 (698)
Built during 1920s (9,957)
Concrete girder (1,006)
Girder (10,301)
Have street view (27,072)
Kansas (3,195)
Open (39,986)
Owned by county (20,859)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,711)
Through girder (3,843)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,318)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 4, 2017: New Street View added by Robert Elder


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


Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the input. I once assumed that these bridges were quite common having seen several in Kansas. It has only been in recent years that I have realized their importance.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its possible that today, states like Illinois and Kansas have more straight chord concrete girders than Michigan (where many have been demolished). If you've looked at my listings on HistoricBridges.org, I've photographed all known concrete girders. However, the same cannot be said for Illinois and Kansas where neither Bridgehunter or HistoricBridges.org have full coverage of that bridge type (often NBI-classed as concrete slab)... so I expect that there are more of these bridges out there in these states than currently known.

Ohio has a number of concrete thru girders (quite a few with shallow curves too). That pretty much completes the list of states with substantial populations of thru girders.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

These through girder bridges are always a nice find. On a national scale, they seem to be surprisingly uncommon.

Michigan of course is famous for its curved concrete through girder bridges. Michigan also has many straight concrete through girder bridges, but Illinois, Kansas, and a few other states have their share as well. That being said, I don't know any region of the country in which concrete through girder bridges are overly abundant.

These concrete through girder bridges should not be confused with concrete tee beam bridges or any concrete slabs that just happen to have nice concrete railings. The NBI occasionally categorizes these bridges incorrectly. WWI and 1920s era concrete through girders are much less common than beam and slab bridges.

Deer Creek Bridge
Posted February 16, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Have to say the drive to this one is a little bit prettier than the bridge itself, still a very neat 95 year old stone pony