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Dry Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017

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BH Photo #377999

Map 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek, 3.5 mi. east and 0.8 mi. south of Whitewater
Location
Butler County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1903
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
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)
Inventory numbers
KS 000080849005823 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17478 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 1998)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 31.90 (out of 100)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,024)
Arch (11,192)
Built 1903 (468)
Built during 1900s (6,281)
Butler County, Kansas (115)
Deck arch (10,431)
Kansas (2,693)
Owned by county (18,847)
Span length under 25 feet (5,760)
Stone arch (2,648)
Structurally deficient (18,414)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,839)

Update Log 

  • 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.

Sources 

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

Comments 

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:

http://khri.kansasgis.org/index.cfm?in=015-0000-00188

Status unknown.