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Dry Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017


BH Photo #377999



Shown on 1998 CO road map, road not present on 2009 map.


Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek, 3.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Whitewater
Butler County, Kansas
Built 1903
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 23.9 ft.
Total length: 26.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.95114, -97.07875   (decimal degrees)
37°57'04" N, 97°04'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/668800/4202135 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000080849005823 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17478 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,650)
Arch (12,102)
Built 1903 (593)
Built during 1900s (7,224)
Butler County, Kansas (118)
Deck arch (11,341)
Kansas (3,192)
Owned by county (20,783)
Span length under 25 feet (6,896)
Stone arch (3,051)
Structurally deficient (14,196)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,194)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2018: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • February 4, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status.
  • February 4, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • June 28, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Location from 1998 county road map.


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jeff Smail


Dry Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have found it rather difficult to estimate the age of stone arch bridges as compared to truss bridges. I would say that this bridge could have been built anytime between about 1885 and 1920. Most likely however, a date range of 1895 to 1910 is a relatively safe bet.

In Kansas, the oldest stone arch bridges that I am aware of, were built in the 1880s, although there might be an older bridge or two lurking out there. Generally speaking, construction of stone arch bridges stopped about 1918. Then, during the Great Depression, the WPA and perhaps a few other Roosevelt programs built stone arch bridges in Kansas, especially in the north central part of the state. Construction of Stone Arch Bridges ended for good in the early 1940s.

To me, this bridge looks like it might be a product of the Walter Sharp Bridge Company which was based in El Dorado. It does not look like a WPA bridge to me.

Dry Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This one is very much NOT open. A short walk though off 196 to the north on Indianola Road will take you down the hill right to it, very pretty and secluded spot, Bridge is falling apart sadly, curious about 1903 build date possibly older?

Dry Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

KHRI Link with Photo:


Status unknown.