6 votes

Elrod Bridge


Timber Creek Sec. 35 Bridge

Terrible road. Would recommend parking at the WEST end of the road and walking up. The east end is a muddy rutted swamp unless it's been very dry. The west end is somewhat better but narrow and hard to turn around on. We ride motorcycles and it was a bumpy rutted ride.

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in June 2011


BH Photo #200959



Stone arch bridge over Timber Creek on 122nd Road northeast of Winfield and west of New Salem
Cowley County, Kansas
Built 1908
- Walter Sharp Bridge Co.
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Also called
Timber Creek Sec. 35 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.30273, -96.95665   (decimal degrees)
37°18'10" N, 96°57'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/681096/4130413 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Salem
Land survey
T. 31 S., R. 4 E., Sec. 35
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
KS 000180861806720 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17648 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2012)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 18, 2019: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • December 8, 2014: New photo from steve tredway
  • June 27, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Name - Elrod Bridge is the name on the plaque.
  • June 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • June 12, 2011: New photo from Mike LeMasters


  • Mike LeMasters
  • Luke
  • Flickr - Plaque
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • steve tredway
  • Jeff Smail


Timber Creek Sec. 35 Bridge
Posted June 27, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built by the Walter Sharp Bridge Co. which was a local company that also built a few bridges in some other western states. It appears that "Elrod Bridge" is a name that was given to the bridge at one time.

Mr. Hitchcock: I know that one bridge in the area collapsed a few years ago, but I do not know which one. I will need to research that.

Timber Creek Sec. 35 Bridge
Posted July 4, 2008, by Richard Hitchcock (atsf3768 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I was given to understand that this bridge collapsed. richard