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Cottonwood Falls Luten Bridge



Photo taken by Brian Roos

BH Photo #103030


Street View 


Three-span concrete arch bridge over Cottonwood River in Cottonwood Falls
Chase County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1914 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. Made obsolete by new bridge in 1975. Rehabilitated for pedestrian use in 2007.
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Streetcar
- Strong City-Cottonwood Falls Consolidated Street Railway
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 69.8 ft.
Total length: 207.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1985
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.37491, -96.54126   (decimal degrees)
38°22'30" N, 96°32'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/714782/4250274 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cottonwood Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 85001422 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000090903805242 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17523 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2014)
Sufficiency rating: 32 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Added rehabilitation date to History.
  • July 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Cottonwood River (Kansas) category
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link which shows that the bridge has been restored.
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates - moved balloon from the new bridge to the old one. Edited History.
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photos from Brian Roos

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Cottonwood Falls Bridge
Posted August 28, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Some very fine work has been done to this one, proudly shown off now as a major pedestrian walkway and attraction - sign says one of 4 Luten's remaining in KS I believe - love seeing this back (basically) in one piece

Cottonwood Falls Bridge
Posted November 18, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Yes, this bridge carried 177 until it was bypassed with a new bridge in 1975.

Cottonwood Falls Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Did this bridge ever carry K-177 before it was made obsolete by the new K-177 bridge? The new bridge seems like it was built in the 1960's.