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Fromm Bridge


I consider this to be one of the most scenic bridges I have ever photographed. It was built by the Walter Sharp company in 1917.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in January 2004


BH Photo #110700



Originally a 2 span bridge, the West arch was filled in after a flood to prevent a total collapse.


Stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek on 275th Road about four miles north of Cambridge
Cowley County, Kansas
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1917. Western arch filled in ca. 1999.
- Walter Sharp Bridge Co.
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 50.8 ft.
Total length: 117.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.37725, -96.65208   (decimal degrees)
37°22'38" N, 96°39'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/707887/4139310 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cambridge NW
Land survey
T. 31 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 3
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000180895506607 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17633 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 22, 2018: New photo from Jeff Smail
  • July 26, 2018: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • October 17, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited History.
  • October 13, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Description.
  • September 30, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added alternate name.
  • February 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • September 16, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Builders
  • January 30, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jeff Smail


Fromm Bridge
Posted October 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, apparently there is some disagreement about the builder. The etching in the concrete suggests Walter Sharp, but the county suggests J.S. Davis. Perhaps both men played a role.

Grouse Creek Sec. 3 Bridge
Posted September 30, 2016, by steven tredway (stredway1 [at] cox [dot] net)

It is also called the Fromm Bridge.

Grouse Creek Sec. 3 Bridge
Posted November 14, 2010, by Tom Stybr (stybrone [at] cox [dot] net)

A more recent view.