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Branch Brown's Creek Bridge

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Branch Brown's creek bridge

Watch out for the electric fence.

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in October 2010

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BH Photo #181891

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Description 

The Brown’s Creek Tributary Bridge is a three-span stone arch bridge. Each span is twelve 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 striping. The stones feature two different finishes, rusticated and smooth. They are laid in an ashlar pattern. There is a single course of smooth faced stones that corresponds to the level of the driving surface and spans the length of the bridge. The arch stones are smooth faced and each has a keystone. The stones are relatively smooth finished on the underside of each barrel. Some tool marks are present.

The foundation is also of stone construction. Based on previous experience with the demolition of other similar bridges, it is estimated that the foundation extends three to four feet under 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 three 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 the rail.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over a branch of Brown's Creek, 3.2 mi. east and 3.8 mi. north of Glen Elder
Location
Mitchell County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936
Builder
- Works Progress Administration
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 12.1 ft.
Total length: 46.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.7 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 25, 2014
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.55362, -98.22683   (decimal degrees)
39°33'13" N, 98°13'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/566425/4378500 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Glen Elder North
Inventory numbers
KS 000620723203620 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 14000438 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 18145 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2015)
Sufficiency rating: 86.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
25

Categories 

Arch (11,190)
Built 1936 (1,010)
Built during 1930s (10,544)
Deck arch (10,429)
Kansas (2,693)
Mitchell County, Kansas (37)
NR-listed (2,844)
Open (36,527)
Owned by county (18,846)
Span length under 25 feet (5,760)
Stone arch (2,647)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,838)
Works Progress Administration (241)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added builder & NRHP info
  • October 10, 2010: New photo from Mike LeMasters

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