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Cottonwood River Bridge



Lost through truss bridge over Cottonwood River, 1.9 mi. west and 8.0 mi. south of Americus
Lyon County, Kansas
Built 1902
Through truss
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 229.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39000, -96.29500   (decimal degrees)
38°23'24" N, 96°17'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/736248/4252552 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000560931105220 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17991 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Sufficiency rating: 18.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status and Status description
  • July 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Cottonwood River (Kansas) category


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


Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

No, this bridge was used exclusively by vehicles. I know there is a railroad truss bridge over the Neosho River immediately northeast of Emporia. It is currently being used by the BNSF Railroad:


Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

This is a road bridge.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by caroline coleman (carolinec_parker [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this the bridge that the KATY train crossed? I'm trying to locate information about the bridge used by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas outside of Emporia.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted November 9, 2010, by Eric J. Burris (eburris [at] augustagov [dot] org)

My wife and I visited this site over the weekend. I believe this bridge was also referred to as the Patty Mill bridge. The bridge is gone with only the concrete abutment on the west edge and two old pylons on the east. I would say the bridge has been gone many years.