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Eight Mile Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2019

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BH Photo #456594

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Eight Mile Creek, 1.7 mi. west and 3.0 mi. south of Douglass
Location
Butler County, Kansas, and Cowley County, Kansas
Status
Closed to vehicle traffic
History
Built 1903
Builder
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
5-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 91.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.47571, -97.03951   (decimal degrees)
37°28'33" N, 97°02'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/673353/4149451 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Udall
Land survey
T. 30 S., R. 4 E., Sec. 6 and T. 29 S., R. 4 E., S
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
50
Inventory numbers
KS 000080853306480 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17486 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2019: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 22, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and builder per Nick S.
  • September 22, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 3, 2017: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler

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Comments 

Eight Mile Creek Bridge with video
Posted March 11, 2020, by John Gregg (Johngregg88 [at] outlook [dot] com)

Second bridge in this video is this bridge. When I went to visit this bridge I pulled up the the owner and my dog who is well trained went crazy and started barking and yipping his head off! I couldn't calm him down. This has never before happened. Later I find out the guy is a police dog trainer... Never been so disappointed in my life haha. He was nice enough to let me see the bridge but had to leave my dog behind.

https://youtu.be/y0WLabAAwdw

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Thanks Tony! Thrill for wife and I.

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Both plaques in photos now. Shadows and overgrowth made for some tough photos - did our best....down to just 2 KS bridges now that I have been denied from seeing in past, will keep working on those also...absolutely no trace of

road coming off east side of bridge as as crops were planted decades ago

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just need to quit being so impatient!

Thanks again Nick... As always an awesome job!

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Nick! Very cool! Did you happen to get any pics of the plaques?

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Absolutely love it. Love anything "hidden"

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

BAM!!!

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

But Nick... Where's the pics??? ;-p

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

....very nice gentleman put up his dogs as my wife and I approached down the previously locked up long-closed county road to the old 1903 Kansas City Bridge Company product, some unique features on this one, 2 partial plaques, so very happy to be privy to this unicorn I have tried to see up close for all these years. Recent flooding damaged under side even more than previous years. 90' long in total.

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

How Exciting !!!

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Pretty excited about this one. Visited every September for the past several years en route to the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, hoping to somehow catch a break and meet up with the property owner who kept this one under lock and key with several signs about attack dogs on sight. Finally this week was contacted by property owner,met up, found out he is a K9 unit officer with about a dozen very large shepherds on site ready to take anyone out.....

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep, still driving Chelsea, who ironically was named after a place in Butler County. I had to have a new engine put in while vacationing in West Virginia in 2013 but other than that she's been doing well. However, after that experience, I usually rent a car for vacation.

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Ray from KOL

You should go there. Holiday! Take the car. Chelsea was the name? Or did you get a newer ride for Crimbo?

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I somehow managed to miss this one. Like many Kansas bridges, it merits a winter visit. At least it remains in place.

Whoever thinks that there are no trees in Kansas never went bridgehunting there...

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Regret not knocking on neighboring property house door - did not look like a trespassing situation but still barrier to keep at least traffic off was enough....next time. Can see bridge from the distance and decking through trees via satellite.

Eight Mile Creek Bridge
Posted January 21, 2010, by Rob (gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge was closed to all traffic in September of 2009 due to bridge being structurally unsound.