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Antelope Creek Bridge


Antelope Creek Bridge

The date on the bridge doesn't match up with Bridgehunter's data but this is what I found at the location listed.

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in October 2010


BH Photo #181898



This Antelope Creek Bridge is a two-span stone arch that spans Antelope Creek, each span being 16 feet in length. All stones are uniform in thickness, which is approximately 8. They vary in color from tan to gold and most have noticeable striations. The stones feature two different finishes, rusticated and smooth. They are laid in an ashlar pattern. There is a course of smooth stones that corresponds to the level of the driving surface and spans the length of the bridge. The arch stones are smooth faced except for the keystones, which are rusticated. The stones are finished smooth on the underside of each barrel.

The foundation is also of stone construction. Based on previous experience with the demolition of similar bridges, it is likely that the foundation extends 3 feet to 4 feet below the surface. The arches spring from these foundation footings. A 16 soil/gravel fill covers each arch to distribute the vehicle loads. The walls extend 3 courses above the driving surface, serving as bridge rails. As was typical of the era, the wings are at a 45 angle to the bridge and stair-step down from the top of rail. [NRHP form]


Stone arch bridge over Antelope Creek, 2.2 mi. north and 10.0 mi. east of Tipton
Mitchell County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1940
- Works Progress Administration
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 16.0 ft.
Total length: 35.1 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 25, 2014
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.36667, -98.28333   (decimal degrees)
39°22'00" N, 98°16'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/561736/4357712 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Hill
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000620320 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 14000437 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 18144 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Sufficiency rating: 88.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added builder & NRHP info & corrected date
  • October 11, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters