Mulberry Creek Bridge
Meeting at the center of the bridge
Photo taken by Julie Bowers in November 2012
BH Photo #249601
Culvert to replace bridge
Written by Wayne R Keller
This bridge was placed in service at its present location in 1958 or 1959 after being removed from crossing the Arkansas River, east of Ft. Dodge, Kansas when new concrete bridge placed in service at that location in 1958. These two sections of the bridge were used at this normally dry creek crossing to elevate the crossing well above the old concrete bridge that had flood water over it many times. This bridge and crossing provides the only all weather ingress and egress to my residence and ranch. It is used daily by myself, my hired man, the mail man and is available for emergency services. During dry weather anyone can use the bridge since the minimum maintenance roads past my driveway are open, but during wet weather it is my only way in and out and no other landowner can use it because of the minimum maintenance roads. There are approximately 150 square miles of watershed above this crossing and there is quite a history of flooding at this crossing. This ranch has been in our family since 1905.
Over three years ago I was approached by officials of the county with the idea that they would sell me the bridge for one dollar if they could close the road and provide other access to my property, which I was agreeable. That did not happen.
On May 16, 2012 an inspector found a broken pin in the bridge and on June 4, 2012 the county commission voted to scrap the bridge and replace it with a seven foot culvert. I have appealed the decision to district court.
I am currently doing research on the flood history at this crossing. I am also doing research on the bridge history. There are some that say the bridge was in use as the Second Avenue bridge in Dodge City prior to its use on the Arkansas River in 1910.
My hope is that I can save this bridge, but unfortunately I am the only one fighting the county commission on this issue.
- Through truss bridge over Mulberry Creek, 2.6 mi. south and 3.0 mi. west of Ford
- Ford County, Kansas
- Open to traffic
- Future prospects
- Inspection on May 16, 2012 found a broken pin and bridge was closed. Ford County Commissioners voted on June 4, 2012 to scrap the bridge and replace with seven foot culvert. I have appealed the commission's decision to district court. W R Keller firstname.lastname@example.org
- Built 1906; rehabilitated 1958
- - Cambria Iron Works of Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Iron Manufacturer)
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Two five panel, pin-connected Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 176.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.60133, -99.80903 (decimal degrees)
37°36'05" N, 99°48'33" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/428585/4161891 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- KS 000290549206300 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 64500222 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 17723 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of February 2017)
- Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35 (out of 100)
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- March 2, 2013: New photos from Julie Bowers
- October 27, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added link and corrected typo
- August 22, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builder
- August 18, 2012: Essay added by Wayne R Keller
- April 27, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories.
- Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Mulberry Creek Bridge near Ford, Kansas - A profile from the Bridgehunter's Chronicles
- Wayne R Keller
- Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
- Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com