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Bluff Creek Bridge


Bluff Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in May 2012


BH Photo #232286

Street View 


Tee beam bridge over Bluff Creek on US 81 south of Caldwell
Caldwell, Sumner County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1924, rehabilitated 1962
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 191.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01229, -97.60685   (decimal degrees)
37°00'44" N, 97°36'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/623940/4097142 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0096-B0040 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 48163 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.3 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,880)
Built 1924 (776)
Built during 1920s (10,256)
Caldwell, Kansas (2)
Concrete tee beam (3,351)
Have street view (28,893)
Kansas (3,269)
Open (40,970)
Owned by state (16,554)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,218)
Sumner County, Kansas (35)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,474)
US 81 (18)

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2012: New photos from Mike LeMasters
  • February 17, 2011: Added by Sheldon Wiens


  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Mike LeMasters


Bluff Creek Bridge
Posted January 8, 2015, by RALPH SINNETT (ralph [dot] sinnett [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was looking for information regarding a bridge that may have collapsed on old US 81 (Old Lawrence Road)possibly in the 1920's. It was either in Sumner or Sedgwick county that this bridge collapsed. My Grandfather had just driven across the bridge when it collapsed behind him. There was a car on the bridge as well which, my Grandfather saw in his rear view mirror. Do you have any information on this? I often thought it might have been the bridge in place before the John Mack Bridge was build in the early 1930's.