3 votes

Game Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder in November 2010


BH Photo #190690



Abandoned stone arch bridge over Game Creek on FAS 228, 1.0 mi. south and 1.9 mi. east of Howard
Elk County, Kansas
Built 1908; bypassed 1992
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 37.1 ft.
Total length: 43.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.45296, -96.22741   (decimal degrees)
37°27'11" N, 96°13'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/745248/4148733 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Longton NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000250220 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 40950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99 (out of 100)
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Abandoned (3,780)
Arch (12,403)
Built 1908 (770)
Built during 1900s (7,436)
Deck arch (11,639)
Elk County, Kansas (15)
Kansas (3,240)
Lost 1992 (462)
Lost during 1990s (4,062)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,926)
Stone arch (3,170)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,335)

Update Log 

  • January 17, 2019: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • April 1, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge was bypassed in 1992, but not demolished.
  • December 21, 2010: New photos from Robert Elder
  • November 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: well.....tried to update categories........
  • November 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories - bridge is not lost, just abandoned.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jeff Smail


Game Creek Bridge, Elk County Kansas
Posted March 24, 2015, by Gene Perkins (gperky68 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This old stone arch was sold to me for $2 in 1992 by the Elk County Commissioners as part of the deal to site a new and wider bridge upstream from the old bridge on my land. The state of Kansas had this bridge listed to be torn down and replaced, however with the new bridge situated upstream about a hundred yards, the old bridge did not have to be torn down. The unused road and bridge portion was, as is customary in these cases, returned to the adjacent land owner(s).

The bridge is still functional, but too narrow for a lot of the agriculture equipment of the present. Back in the mid 1960s one neighbor bought self propelled hay swather and it was too wide to fit through the bridge railing which was made of very large stone rocks. He did go to the Road Dept and tried to get them to put about a foot or two of dirt and gravel over the old bridge driving surface. If they had done that, the new swather would have cleared the stone railing easily. Too bad they did not do that because then the neighbor took a crowbar and pryed two layers of the very large bridge stones off into the creek below. These stones broke up badly when the hit the rock bottom below.

Game Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have confirmed that this bridge is extant. It was bypassed by a new bridge on a new alignment, but was never demolished.

Game Creek Bridge
Posted November 17, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like we might have another "Elvis Bridge". Although this bridge has been declared lost, it may still be extant and abandoned:


(this photograph is subject to copyright, so I am only providing a link)


Next time I am in the area, I will do a field check of both this and the nearby Hitchen Creek Bridge (Pratt through truss w/Queenpost pony approaches)