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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
Inventory numbers
KS 000180895506607 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17633 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 41.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • 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


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.