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AVI - East Emma Creek Bridge

Photos 

Side View Looking East

Photo taken by David Backlin in July 2011

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BH Photo #203987

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over East Emma Creek on Abandoned Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad
Location
Harvey County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1911
Railroads
- Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad (AVI)
- Interurban
Design
5 span closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.99953, -97.44246   (decimal degrees)
37°59'58" N, 97°26'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/636752/4206907 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sedgwick
Inventory number
BH 48893 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 1, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad"
  • July 11, 2011: New photos from David Backlin
  • July 4, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Updated description
  • June 11, 2011: Added by Sheldon Wiens

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Comments 

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 18, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Mostly from the 36th Street Bridge, though I attempted to get closer.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think you're right. He did take them from the bridge. I can see the little bit at the bottom right of the photo.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would have to ask David, but I suspect that he took the photographs from the new bridge. You can see a small part of the new bridge in photo number 1.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Or were the photos taken from on top of the new bridge? From the photos, the old bridge looks like it is further away from the new bridge than it appears on streetview.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have thought the exact same thing too! It certainly does look like a planter box with the vegetation growing on top. But what on earth happened to the new bridge? I can't even see it in the photo; unless it's probably hidden behind the trees.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 11, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although it looks like a giant planter box.....the arches appear to be in great shape.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I visited this bridge on 3 July 2011: it appears to be mostly intact though the approaches have been removed. The area is badly overgrown and the bridge itself is behind a barbed wire fence.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 12, 2011, by Robert Thompson

Nice bridge, Sheldon!

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 11, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Robert Elder added this one a couple of days ago here:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/harvey/bh48879/

The posting of the west bridge opened the subject of the interurban railroad and led to some documentation for the rail line and to two or three other abandoned bridges assumed to be from the same line.

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/harvey/sand-creek/

Noticing the West Emma Creek (presumably) Arkansas Valley Interurban bridge led to a lot of additional transportation history being documented and may someday be useful to people seeking to preserve these 100 year old structures.