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Coffeyville Bridge



Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103145

Street Views 


Three-span Marsh arch bridge over Verdigris River
Montgomery County, Kansas
Open to traffic, possibly eligible for the NRHP.
Built 1926; made obsolete by new bridge and alignment in 1948
- Fifield Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa (Contractor)
- Marsh Engineering Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Design)
Marsh arch
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 317.8 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Roy W. White Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.03333, -95.57974   (decimal degrees)
37°01'60" N, 95°34'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/270543/4101682 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Coffeyville East
Land survey
T. 35 S., R. 17 E., Sec. 6
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000630680 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18175 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Alternate Name.
  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (tied)"
  • June 10, 2016: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • April 23, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status Description
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builders
  • January 26, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories
  • July 9, 2009: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • July 8, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated Categories
  • October 23, 2006: Posted photos from Robert L Elder

Related Bridges 


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • KHRI - Kansas Historical Resources Inventory.


Coffeyville Bridge
Posted November 5, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I field visited this bridge on 10/26/2019. It is still open and carrying traffic. It is still in danger of being replaced at some point in the future.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted July 21, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the July 3rd 2019 addition of the Coffeyville Journal, the Montgomery County Commissioners have been briefed on the potential need to replace this bridge in the next few years. Given its very high national significance, this bridge is a good candidate for preservation. If a new bridge is needed, preserving this one as a pedestrian bridge would be a great solution.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this beauty today. It was carrying a surprising amount of traffic. I suspect that some people are using it as a backroad to Wal-Mart.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted January 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, that is right. I am not sure about WWI offhand, but I know that during WWII, you could get in at 17 if a parent would sign permission.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted January 20, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It wouldn't be the first time a 17 year old answered the call of his country. Remember, a lot of kids were done with school after eighth grade.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted January 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The KHRI link includes several photographs of this bridge, one of which indicates that the bridge was dedicated in memory of Roy W. White who died serving his country in WWI.

The Coffeyville Daily Journal indicates that Roy White died of pneumonia at Camp Doniphan, OK in 1918.


The plaque states that he died in 1917. Perhaps the plaque has the wrong year. Had he died in 1917, he would have only been 17 years old.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted January 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In a couple posts from previous years, I noted construction work at the northwest corner of this bridge. I don't know what all was done, but there is a gravel area there now as shown in Google Streetview. That would have been useful on my last field visit...

I am just glad that the work did not include the unthinkable...

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted August 26, 2015, by Robert Elder

I am glad to see that someone has visited this bridge recently. I will never forget the day I discovered it. It just hides here in plain sight. No tourism brochures, historic registers, etc, seem to feature it. Yet, here it is on an old road leading out of Coffeyville, Kansas, largely forgotten except by a few locals.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted August 26, 2015, by Jane Ballard (bobbyjaneballard [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just stopped by here on Sunday, August 23, 2015 to take a few shots.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted June 11, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth has just released some new imagery from March 2015. The earlier construction work was just bank stabilization. Good news!

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted November 1, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There has been some grading work done near the northwest corner of this bridge. I hope it was just part of a bank stabilizing project. This bridge deserves much more recognition than it has received.

Coffeyville Bridge - and the new Wal-Mart
Posted December 12, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The new Wal-Mart is now open, and is located roughly 1/2 mile directly North of this Marsh arch bridge. Additionally, the intersection of 166 and 169 has been rebuilt immediately North of the Wal-Mart, which actually sits very close to the new four-lane bridge over the Verdigris River. Thus, most of the traffic between Coffeyville and the store, is likely using the new bridge, not this old one.

Although a small county road connects the Wal-Mart with the old Marsh arch bridge, I doubt that the store has caused a major increase in traffic over the old bridge. Of course, a survey would have to confirm this.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted April 23, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the NBI, this bridge may be eligible for the NRHP. I will update the page to reflect this.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted November 15, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Coffeyville Bridge
Posted November 15, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Concerning the Super Wal-Mart that is scheduled to be built near this bridge, it has been reported that many citizens of Coffeyville would like to see it built in a different location which would be more convenient and less prone to flooding. In June of 2007, the area around this bridge experienced a major flood, raising doubts that this location would be an ideal place for a new Wal-Mart.


Coffeyville Bridge
Posted July 28, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

Yes, the bridge is on east 8th street, east of Walter Johnson Park. I suspect that this bridge would easily qualify for the National Register of Historic Places and it would probably be a worthwhile venture for somebody to attempt to do so.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted July 25, 2008, by Joan Tongier (wttongier [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this the bridge on East 8th? Is there a possibility it will be torn down when the new WalMart is built? I would hate to see that happen.

Coffeyville Bridge
Posted June 12, 2008, by Anonymous

My grandfather was an engineer on this bridge, and his name is on the plaque that is on the corner. :)

Clifford O. Nielson