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Pawnee Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2018


BH Photo #435006



Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Pawnee Creek on Cavalry Rd (Local 12.6-X.0)
Bourbon County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1920
Concrete through girder
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 66.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.70354, -94.85908   (decimal degrees)
37°42'13" N, 94°51'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/336115/4174549 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 27 S., R. 23 E., Sec. 11
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KS 000061089606160 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 75084 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2016)
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: 30.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 23, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 1, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 5, 2017: Added by Robert Elder


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


Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Visited again today. Much easier to see in daylight - thing is a beast.

Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted October 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think we have all arrived at a bridge late in the evening. Sometimes we have to do the best that we can especially if it's one of those after work trips.

Thankfully, we now have some photos of the underside of this bridge. These photos confirm that this is in fact a concrete through girder.

When I was living in Kansas I figured these bridges were probably very common all over the country. I have come to find out that they're not really as common as one might think. They certainly have some historical significance even if they don't quite rival the Marsh arches and trusses in the area.

Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted October 1, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Certainly not ideal photos, got there just as the sun went down and way too many critters and large things moving around in the brush for me to dive in deeper but took the best photos I could of the underbelly of this thing and on top, very interesting indeed not sure it could be any more hearty, thick old thing, massive amounts of concrete, want to return soon in daylight

Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The NBI seems to be rather inconsistent with how it handles these spans. Some are called through girders, some are called stringers, and some are called slabs.

If the underside is flat (ie no stringers visible) and it has massive "railings", I classify it as a concrete girder.

As far as multi-spans are concerned, the largest one I have personally visited is probably this one in Doniphan County:


In addition, I suspect that a couple of the concrete girders over the Whitewater River in Butler County and Harvey County may be double spans, but I need to look underneath to know for sure.

Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree... the composition of the spans and "railings" strongly suggest girder function. This is a fairly nice looking example of the type, and the multi-span config is likely uncommon among surviving examples.

Pawnee Creek Bridge
Posted January 5, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The NBI calls this a slab, but the KHRI images make me think that it might be a double span concrete through girder.