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Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2017

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BH Photo #398196

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Big Hill Creek (Old River Channel)
Location
Montgomery County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.08841, -95.60715   (decimal degrees)
37°05'18" N, 95°36'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/268272/4107860 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 34 S., R. 16 E., Sec. 13
Elevation
725 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 71164 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,025)
Kansas (2,702)
Montgomery County, Kansas (51)
Mystery (84)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 2, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Mystery"
  • February 29, 2016: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

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

Comments 

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a wier(d) bridge.

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Sort of what I figured,but also the road leading to and from it made it look like a dual-purpose thing ...

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have spent a little more time looking at this and I think Clark is right. This might not be an old road. It is a cool little piece of civil engineering though.

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Checking old county and topo maps I don't see any roads in this location in the past. It's hard to judge the width from the photos but this may be some sort of water control structure. There appears to be another structure to the west.

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting. From aerial imagery it looked a bit like a small closed spandrel or perhaps a tee beam. Definitely a ghost road of some sort.

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Also there did seem to be some assemblance of a road like structure that came off of both ends on the north east and southwest

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Weird one....thinking current or flood control and/or low-water county vehicle crossing way back in the day....very odd but a fun adventure hunting down

Big Hill Creek (Old Channel) Bridge
Posted February 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, we have an old abandoned bridge over an old channel of Big Hill Creek. Other than that, this bridge gives few clues about its design or purpose.