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Esch's Spur Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Written by Clark Vance

Esch's Spur probably refers to Bernard P. Esch, Stockraiser, Liberty Township, Section 33, named in the 1905 Geo A. Ogle & Co atlas. The map of Liberty township shows the 1/4 section to the north of this road owned by (Wm. H.?) Kirk and to the south by Catherine Esch, with the residence of B. P. Esch. A short piece of rail runs parallel to the Missouri Pacific line and is labeled Esch Spur.


Three-span stone arch bridge over Grouse Creek, southwest of Dexter
Cowley County, Kansas
Open to Pedestrian traffic only
Built 1913
- Walter Sharp Bridge Co.
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 50.9 ft.
Total length: 182.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1985
Also called
Kirk Bridge
Pudden Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.13547, -96.78136   (decimal degrees)
37°08'08" N, 96°46'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/697068/4112204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 33 S., R. 6 E., Sec 33
1137 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 85001423 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000180881506945 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
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: 45.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2020: New photos from Rob Brock
  • September 20, 2019: New photo from Jeff Smail
  • June 12, 2019: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • November 5, 2018: New photos from Jeff Smail
  • April 23, 2018: New photo from Jeff Smail
  • February 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 1, 2016: Essay added by Clark Vance
  • September 28, 2016: New photo from steve tredway
  • December 24, 2014: New photo from steve tredway
  • February 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • November 8, 2009: New photo from Mike LeMasters



Esch's Spur Bridge
Posted January 1, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sad reminder of a similar situation that happened near me a few years back...


Esch's Spur Bridge
Posted January 1, 2020, by Rob Brock (k0pvw [dot] mobile [at] gmail [dot] com)

I ventured out today to view this bridge and the unfortunate side is this bridge is about to be a lost bridge. The hole in the deck now allows you about 18" on he south side of the bridge to walk across. I am afraid the next good flood that Grouse Creek receives it will claim yet another magnificent bridge. I will post a couple photos when I get time to edit them.

Esch's Spur Bridge
Posted May 4, 2015, by steve Tredway (stredway1 [at] cox [dot] net)

I have posted a picture of the plaque. Built in 1913. It is called the Kirks bridge. Esch's Spur referred to the rail line that passed near there. You can read the rest on the plaque.

Esch's Spur Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Sue Bozeman (bozesj [at] cox [dot] net)

There is an inscription on the upstream side of what has come to be known as "Esch's Spur" bridge. It reads: KIRK BRIDGE. At least, I think it does. Plus, there are several more lines of information that we could not discern. Anyone able to read more? There is so much debris abutted against the bridge now that it might be able to climb up to the inscription and take a rubbing!