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Clements Stone Arch Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #110261



Two-span stone arch bridge over Cottonwood River
Chase County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1886
- L.P. Santy Co.
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 57.1 ft.
Total length: 126.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.29507, -96.73511   (decimal degrees)
38°17'42" N, 96°44'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/698063/4240981 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76000816 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000000000090480 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17522 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2012)
Sufficiency rating: 19.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2018: New photos from Neil Krout
  • February 1, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 26, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Year Built and History. 1886 is the correct date, not 1887.
  • July 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Cottonwood River (Kansas) category
  • June 9, 2010: New photos from Mike Kruze
  • May 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Incorporated 2009 NBI data
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • July 23, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Builders and Categories.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Kruze
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Clements Stone Arch Bridge
Posted February 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge looks like it might be developing a bit of a foundation problem on the south arch. Now would be the time to fix it before the Cottonwood River undermines it further.

I have not visited this bridge for several years, so I am glad to see some current photos of it.

Clements Stone Arch Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 2006 daily traffic count is probably for the new bridge. This bridge has been closed to traffic for many years.

Clements Stone Arch Bridge
Posted September 12, 2007, by G R Evans (gr5evans [at] gmail [dot] com)

Some of the dimensions reported for this bridge look incorrect to me. I measure the total length of the bridge as 251ft, rather than 126.9ft. If the term 'main span length' means the width of the two arches plus the width of the center pier, the length is 134.7ft, rather than 57.1ft.

I maintain a web page on the bridge and am involved in a restoration effort as well.

See http://home.comcast.net/~g.k.evans/index.html

G R Evans

Clements Stone Arch Bridge
Posted April 1, 2007, by Robert L. Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

I am posting a variety of photos of the Clements Stone Arch Bridge in Chase County, Kansas. All photos in this series were taken in March of 2007. The bridge is located about 3/4 mile south of the town of Clements and is easily accessible from US 50. This photo is an overview of the bridge, taken from the southeast.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.