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Charlie Creek Bridge


North side. Note skew angle.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in August 2008


BH Photo #122388



Skewed stone arch bridge over Charlie Creek on 190th Road
Doniphan County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Skewed Stone Arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78392, -95.29550   (decimal degrees)
39°47'02" N, 95°17'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/303430/4406295 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37226 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,244)
Deck arch (11,484)
Doniphan County, Kansas (28)
Helicoidal Skew Arch (9)
Kansas (3,202)
Open (40,016)
Owned by county (20,946)
Skewed (4,919)
Stone arch (3,101)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2014: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Skewed"
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • August 25, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder
  • August 18, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


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


Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted October 19, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Funny commercial worth reposting. Just insert "bridge" for "fridge".


Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted October 19, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great news, Becky! This bridge had been reported as lost, so I am thrilled to hear that it still exists.

Because this is a skewed stone arch bridge, it may be an extremely rare example of a helicoidal arch bridge. One would have to look under the corrugated steel to know for sure.

Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted October 18, 2015, by Becky Cole (becky0099 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge still exists! I came across the website today and went by the bridge this afternoon. I will try and get an updated photo this winter.

Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted April 8, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am beginning to wonder if this bridge was constructed with a helicoidal arch. I am curious because it was built with a heavy skew.

I do not know if this bridge still exists. The satellite imagery is ambiguous. The bridge was being considered for replacement in 2008.

Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth has just released the latest imagery for this area. It is hard to tell if this bridge has been replaced. From the air it looks like a UCEB might be in place, but the old bridge also looks like a UCEB from the air.

Charlie Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Although this is an extremely rare example of a skewed stone arch bridge, the county is planning to demolish and replace it in the near future. Unfortunately, the wing walls are cracked and the foundation is being undermined. The bridge is being studied to determine if it is historic and should be preserved.