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Eagle Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2017


BH Photo #375679



Pony truss bridge over Eagle Creek, 1.2 mi. east of Olpe
Lyon County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced
Built ca. 1910
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 65.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.25833, -96.13833   (decimal degrees)
38°15'30" N, 96°08'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/750387/4238351 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
KS 000560947605400 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17993 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Sufficiency rating: 24.4 (out of 100)
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Built during 1910s (9,240)
Kansas (3,045)
Lost (22,232)
Lyon County, Kansas (155)
Owned by county (20,045)
Pony truss (15,690)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,944)
Structurally deficient (15,860)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,972)
Truss (31,212)
Wooden deck (6,002)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Lost.
  • January 11, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler


  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted January 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Short video which does not show the bridge. It does give an idea of what Osawatomie was facing though.


This was the same flood that caused the oil spill in Coffeyville. Much of the east side of Coffeyville was destroyed in the flood - hence the empty blocks where homes used to be. I imagine that Kansas lost a lot of unknown and forgotten bridges in that flooding event. In fact, NBI listings for several bridges disappeared after 2007.

Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted January 11, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Having visited the Asylum Bridge, that must have been quite a flood to reach that bridge's deck... its pretty high off the water.

Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted January 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't help but wonder if the Flood of 2007 destroyed this one. I was in Decorah, Iowa when I got a call to let me know that the Asylum Bridge in Osawatomie was under water. That is when I knew it was going to be a bad flood. I was afraid that we might lose the Independence Bowstring Bridge as the Verdigris River was experiencing a catastrophic flood.

Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted January 11, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

This bridge is extant. It is the westernmost of the three Eagle Creek bridges supposedly in that area, ran out of daylight, did not have a chance to look for the other two, the dropped pin should be on a straight line a little north and west on 70 Road as it crosses the creek. A neat old 2 pedestal pony gone.