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Branch Chikaskia River Bridge


Branch Chikaskia River Bridge

Lost bridge location.

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in April 2012


BH Photo #230694



2-span Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over a branch of Chikaskia River, 1.7 mi. west of Argonia
Sumner County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1920
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Length of largest span: 79.0 ft.
Total length: 160.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.27167, -97.79667   (decimal degrees)
37°16'18" N, 97°47'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/606687/4125688 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KS 000960769406760 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18617 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Sufficiency rating: 32 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • April 26, 2012: New photo from Mike LeMasters


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  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry


Branch Chikaskia River Bridge
Posted April 11, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Elvis has been spotted. Creepy doesn't quite describe the walk to this one. A sea of sand everywhere, with wild cat tracks everywhere. Made it to the looooong abandoned concrete bridge on same closed right of way few yards west of this also - even more creepy.....

Branch Chikaskia River Bridge
Posted July 3, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been declared lost...

But we might be dealing with an Elvis Bridge here. There are two mudpuddles at this location - both of which appear to be part of an overflow system for the Chikaskia River. The Eastern Mudpuddle has no bridge, but GoogleMaps continues to show a 2 span pony truss over the West Mudpuddle.