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Grouse Creek Bridge


Looking north

Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2004


BH Photo #110805



Pony truss bridge over Grouse Creek
Cowley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1940
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 103.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.03468, -96.90444   (decimal degrees)
37°02'05" N, 96°54'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/686381/4100772 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 35 S., R. 5 E., Sec. 5
1050 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000180867507085 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 9, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • February 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 1, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Grouse Creek Bridge
Posted September 10, 2017, by Don Morrison

If you follow the apparent ROW from that old rail bridge to 37.027264, -96.853121, there is a structure that is not a rail bridge. It's on a different alignment because of a jog in the (dirt?) road that follows the ROW. It appears to have a wood deck and an overhead structure in satellite imagery.

Looks to be on private property, over the spillway of a private impoundment. Checked Cowley (and the adjacent county), but it doesn't appear on BH. Maybe it's a MOB?

Robert Elder documented a Timber Creek bridge that is "most certainly lost". Could it have been moved here? About 15 miles south of the "Try to find on map" default coordinates of the Timber Creek bridge?

What does anyone else think? Do we need someone on the ground?

Who we gonna call?

Nick Schmiedeler!

Grouse Creek Bridge
Posted September 9, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

indeed - posted a photo on a Facebook page r/t Kansas abandoned attractions, a local there confirmed this also, there is also a chance from what I read that the actual bridge was moved to a location in Oklahoma and used for road traffic later....thanks Clark

Grouse Creek Bridge
Posted September 9, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1936 county highway map shows the Midland Valley railroad wandering around here. It loops up to meet a spur of the Mo Pac in Silverdale then appears to cross a bit east of here where there is a tall pier visible from above.

Grouse Creek Bridge
Posted September 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now that you mention it, I remember seeing that stone pylon. I would need to have a look at some old maps, but I would not be shocked if it was part of an old railroad bridge.

Grouse Creek Bridge
Posted September 9, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

One of those weird moments where you look at a photo you've just taken and do a double take, noticed the even-older stone pillar in the background of an ancient Grouse Creek crossing ....anyone know the history on that bridge? just west of pinned bridge, just south of tiny quarry town Silverdale