4 votes

Cottonwood River Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in August 2017


BH Photo #400949

Street View 


Concrete tee beam bridge over Cottonwood River on 5th Street
Florence, Marion County, Kansas
Open to traffic, 10 T limit
Built circa 1930
Concrete tee beam
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.24254, -96.92173   (decimal degrees)
38°14'33" N, 96°55'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/681873/4234768 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 21 S., R. 5 E., Sec. 7
1260 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 47425 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,878)
Built during 1930s (12,165)
Concrete tee beam (3,351)
Cottonwood River (Kansas) (27)
Fence guardrail (255)
Florence, Kansas (5)
Have street view (28,892)
Kansas (3,269)
Marion County, Kansas (95)
Open (40,968)
US 50 (109)

Update Log 

  • October 27, 2019: New photos from Ron Reber
  • August 21, 2018: New photo from Sheldon Wiens
  • August 25, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 29, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Cottonwood River (Kansas) Category
  • December 27, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Related Bridges 


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Ron Reber


Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 22, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1941 KDOT county map shows US 50S taking a route through town but it's not clear where it crosses the river. In 1953 the bypass has been built.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2018, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

So I'm guessing this was once HWY 50?

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Sheldon. It is good to have you back on here.

Regarding the older bridge, I suspect that the pony truss might have been brought it to replace a third stone arch span that either collapsed or was found to be unsafe for some reason. It is quite unusual to see a relatively light pony span paired with a sturdy stone arch structure.

If a third arch did collapse, then the county could have installed a pony span very quickly, especially if they had a spare one laying around in the yard.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2018, by Sheldon Wiens

Thank you, Luke!

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 21, 2018, by Luke

Stone arch with a pony truss approach.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited this one on Wednesday this week, it is REALLY beginning to fall apart, chunks missing out of the railing that need replacing, taking a beating underneath with debris....precarious future for this one

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 29, 2016, by Matt Lohry

The NBI for this county seems to be a bit lacking in general; I have a hard time believing that there are only 13 bridges in the entire county.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

For some reason, I can't seem to find this one in the NBI...

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted December 28, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bing Maps has a very nice view of this bridge