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Branson Bridge


Branson Bridge 1

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters March 2000


BH Photo #148919



Lost Stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek on a local road just east of K-15 and north of Dexter
Cowley County, Kansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1908, collapsed 2001
- Walter Sharp Bridge Co.
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Total length: 143.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.22699, -96.71269   (decimal degrees)
37°13'37" N, 96°42'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/702924/4122504 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 32 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 31
Inventory numbers
KS 000180889206822 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17621 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (11,596)
Built 1908 (669)
Built during 1900s (6,873)
Collapsed (344)
Cowley County, Kansas (66)
Deck arch (10,841)
Kansas (3,146)
Lost (22,675)
Owned by county (20,174)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,207)
Stone arch (2,827)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,705)
Walter Sharp Bridge Co. (9)

Update Log 

  • October 24, 2018: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated time of collapse per forum comment
  • June 18, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: to do list & changed status
  • December 24, 2014: Updated by steve tredway: The bridge has fallen in over the last few years and is totally destroyed.
  • January 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • November 9, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Changed Builder from Walter Sharp to Walter Sharp Bridge Co. to agree with other bridges on this site.
  • November 9, 2009: New photos from Mike LeMasters


  • steve tredway
  • Mike LeMasters
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


Branson Bridge
Posted October 25, 2018, by Gil Graham (ggraham [at] baileybridge [dot] com)

If you look closely at picture 2, there is significant settlement on the left side and the center is beginning to hinge. I doubt the bridge required sabotage to collapse. Perhaps that's why someone wisely put the boulders at the ends? It was a beautiful structure though.

Branson Bridge
Posted October 24, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did he say why he suspected sabotage?

Branson Bridge
Posted October 24, 2018, by Larry Hornbaker (larryhornbaker [at] outlook [dot] com)

I went on a guided tour of Cowley County stone bridges on Oct 6, 2001. We visited this bridge and our guide stated that it had recently collapsed. He suspected it was sabotaged, but couldn't prove it. Attached are a couple of photos I took that day. It is a gorgeous location!

Branson Bridge
Posted April 2, 2018, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth historical imagery shows that this collapsed between 2000 and 2002.

Branson Bridge
Posted June 19, 2015, by Robert Elder

Yep, Google Maps clearly shows a collapsed bridge.

Branson Bridge
Posted November 9, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glad to see some pictures of this bridge on the website. I have seen the turnoff for the bridge, but I thought that the road looked impassible for my car.