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AVI - West Emma Creek Bridge

Photos 

Close-up of Side

Photo taken by David Backlin in July 2011

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BH Photo #203934

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned three-span concrete arch bridge over West Emma Creek on Abandoned Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad
Location
Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1911
Railroads
- Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad (AVI)
- Interurban
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.99942, -97.44626   (decimal degrees)
37°59'58" N, 97°26'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/636419/4206889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sedgwick
Elevation
1390 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48840 (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 10, 2011: New photos from David Backlin
  • July 4, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected GPS, stream name
  • June 8, 2011: Added by Robert Elder
  • June 3, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo section and elevation
  • June 2, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected description (closed spandrel, not open spandrel)
  • June 2, 2011: Added by Sheldon Wiens

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

AVI - West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2015, by Kathy (bluejaydaylilies [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If anyone is still following this, I live in Harvey County and just happened to be driving past these two bridges and my curiosity was piqued.I ended up here (Thanks for pictures and info. Someone asked about route of AVI. This blog from Harvey County Historical Museum has a map if you are interested. http://harveycountyvoices.blogspot.com/2013/06/avi-car-no-12... The locals tell me there are some other bridges from AVI not shown here. I haven't seen them yet.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted July 11, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I visited this bridge on 3 July and while it appears to be mostly intact, the approaches have been removed and the surrounding area is badly overgrown. The bridge itself lies on private property behind a barbed wire fence.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, looks like HSBs "contribution" has been removed. Thanks Webmaster!

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Ron

Wow it must be that time of the month.

East Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This interurban railroad bridge is nearly identical to the one Sheldon discovered about a half mile to the West.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, and it mentions bridges over these two creeks and over the Little Arkansas at Halstead. If these are those bridges, then they were probably built ca. 1910.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

You may have something here. P. 5 of the pdf states the line ran out of Halstead to the main line of the Interurban, connecting about five miles east at a location to be named Van Arsdale. This would put the connecting line right at where the two bridges are. Van Arsdale is one mile east of the fork in Emma Creek according to county road maps.

It would be nice to find a map of the Interurban to help pin this down and perhaps find other abandoned bridges.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just found a link that discusses an interurban railroad connecting towns in the area. Fundraising was taking place in 1909.

http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/collections/local_hist...

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the research. Sheldon, do you want to add the one to the just to the east?

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, it won't be me. I am going to be in the middle of Texas for a while.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

So which of us will be the first to make a personal visit? ;)

I'll be in Kansas City in two weeks, but don't know if I'll have time to swing over to Newton to investigate

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great job Sheldon.

GUESS WHAT? There is a nearly identical bridge about a quarter of a mile to the east!

I have heard rumors of an abandoned interurban railroad line in the region. Perhaps these two bridges could be remnants of that.

Perhaps the mystery bridge in Halstead http://bridgehunter.com/ks/harvey/bh43950/ could be from the interurban railroad as well.

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 2, 2011, by J.P.

AWESOME!!!!

West Emma Creek Bridge
Posted June 2, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Wow! Good find.