5 votes

Diamond Creek Bridge


This bridge spans Diamond Creek, not Gannon Creek. Gannon Creek is a tributary of Diamond Creek. The bridge is easily accessible from US 50.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in March 2006


BH Photo #110928


Street View 


Lost two-span stone arch bridge over Diamond Creek, 1.5 mi. north and 0.4 mi. east of Elmdale
Chase County, Kansas
Future prospects
Will be replaced by low water crossing.
Lost 2018
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 91.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39897, -96.63628   (decimal degrees)
38°23'56" N, 96°38'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/706412/4252728 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
KS 000090895905205 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17526 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (11,325)
Chase County, Kansas (33)
Deck arch (10,557)
Have street view (23,187)
Kansas (2,756)
Lost (19,365)
Lost 2018 (14)
Lost during 2010s (2,147)
One-lane traffic (7,452)
Owned by county (19,074)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,916)
Stone arch (2,682)
Structurally deficient (18,500)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,055)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2018: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost
  • September 24, 2017: Updated by Aaron Hall: Bridge is now closed to motor traffic, Sept. 2017.
  • July 18, 2017: New photos from Ron Reber
  • September 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 20, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • March 19, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters
  • February 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Corrected stream name in Overview, Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 26, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed "Name" from "Gannon Creek Bridge" to "Diamond Creek Bridge" because the bridge spans Diamond Creek, not Gannon Creek.
  • February 3, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike LeMasters
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Ron Reber
  • Aaron Hall - ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net


Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been demolished.

Diamond Creek Bridge closed to vehicle traffic
Posted September 24, 2017, by Aaron Hall (ahall [at] vitaphone [dot] net)

I drove through here today and found a "Bridge Closed" sign and the road leading to the bridge is being overgrown. I'm sorry I don't have a better picture for documentation but I didn't notice that the bridge was still listed as fully open until I got home.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Doug

I had the pleasure of visiting this bridge this past Saturday while out Geocaching and I'm happy to say that all is well with it and it still looks just like the previous photos posted, minus the log jam. Well worth an out of the way trip to take a peak at.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by bob gayle (notblueeyes [at] hotmail [dot] com)

having lit up diamond creek road for the better part of

a couple years back in the mid '70s with my black '64 chevy

i remember well that bridge.

it could be very treacherous in winter if there was ice on the approaches.

beautiful piece of chase county kansas history, happy to see pictures of it and that it is still in service.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted August 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just recieved word that Chase County chose to rehabilitate this bridge instead of demolishing it. Logjams may still be a concern after flooding, but this bridge is no longer in danger of demolition.

Perhaps a creative engineer could figure out how to minimize damage and maintenance costs caused by the logjams. This is one instance where a unique feature of the bridge (unequal arches) results in a drainage problem.

Diamond Creek Bridge
Posted March 19, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glad to see some current photographs of this bridge. It is good to know that it is still standing and that the debris has been cleared from the stream bed.

Gannon Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently, this bridge sustained damage in the May 2007 floods. Reportedly, in November of 2007, the county voted to demolish the bridge and replace it with a low water crossing. There is currently an attempt underway to list the bridge on the NRHP to make it elegible for Federal funding to repair or preserve it.