3 votes

U. McCaw Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2004


BH Photo #110803


Street View 


Lost stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek on a local road six miles north and two miles east of Cambridge
Cowley County, Kansas
Built 1906, collapsed in 2016 while beseiged by flooding.
- A. L. Finney (Bldr)
- Clover Howard & Huston Co
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 113.8 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Also called
Grouse Creek Sec. 35 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.39819, -96.63185   (decimal degrees)
37°23'53" N, 96°37'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/709620/4141677 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cambridge NW
Land survey
T. 30 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 35
Inventory numbers
KS 000180897506584 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17635 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 10, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 10, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge was destroyed by a flash flood.
  • April 12, 2014: Updated by Robert Brock: Added Descriptions and build date
  • February 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 1, 2008: New photo from Robert Elder



U. McCaw Bridge
Posted February 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

That is so very sad to lose this one. Friends and I visited during the 45th annual Walnut Valley Festival (bluegrass) in September 2016. Of all the single-arch bridges in Cowley County, this one seemed a little bit more special than the others. Again, very sad.

U. McCaw Bridge
Posted November 6, 2016, by Charles M. Durbin (charlemahlon [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was on 62nd Road east of 281st Road. 281st Road is also Cowley 7. This bridge was also known as the Fox Bridge, named for prominent multi-generational farming/ranching family living in the vicinity.

Article from the Cowley Courier Traveler (recent merger of Winfield Courier and Arkansas City Traveler newspapers) :


U. McCaw Bridge
Posted October 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was destroyed on Saturday, October 8th 2016 in a flash flood.