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Mill Street Bridge


The main span is a six panel, riveted, Pratt through truss. This photo was taken when the bridge was closed for deck rehabilitation. Unfortunately, there are few safe places to pull off when the road is open to traffic.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in October 2007


BH Photo #111829


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Marias Des Cygnes River on 347th Street, 1.3 mi. east of Osawatomie
Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas
Built ca. 1920, Demolished Ca. 2017.
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 269.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Also called
Marais Des Cygnes River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.49818, -94.92797   (decimal degrees)
38°29'53" N, 94°55'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/331873/4262852 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
KS 000000000610010 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been demolished as per forum comment.
  • September 26, 2014: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • October 11, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now closed to traffic.
  • April 6, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Reversed Name and Alternate Name - the bridge is most commonly referred to as the Mill Street Bridge
  • February 11, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • June 15, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Fixed typo in name. Added Alternate Name.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited "Design"
  • February 16, 2008: New photos from Robert Elder



Mill Street Bridge
Posted February 23, 2017, by Topher (ksufan88 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We visited this bridge on 2/18/2017. Maybe I should say we attempted to visit it. It's gone. Not a piece left of it.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted November 12, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove past this bridge on Friday, November 11th 2016. It is still standing. I don't know about any changes in the timeline for replacement.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted May 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge could be demolished anytime now, if it hasn't been already.


Mill Street Bridge
Posted November 14, 2015, by The Independent Rage (theindependentrage [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just ran across this bridge today. It's a beautiful old bridge, nearly 100 years old now. And it appears to be in great condition for preservation as a pedestrian and bike bridge. It should not be torn down; rather, the replacement should be built right next to it. The way that Osawatomie has preserved both of its other two historic bridges to the north and south of town (circa 1930 bridges carrying old or original alignments of US 169/K-7) has been inspirational. The community should do the same here. There's no bona fide reason, unless you're just an old grumpy curmudgeon, for this bridge to be torn down. None.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted March 25, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This article is a few months old, but it has several photographs of the Mill Street Bridge, and it discusses historic bridges in Kansas in general.


Mill Street Bridge
Posted July 15, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have long suspected that the Mill Creek Bridge was a high priority for replacement. Given it's terrible condition, I am surprised it carried traffic for as long as it did. It is an important link for people living east of Osawatomie.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Matthew Landes (mlandes [at] miamicountyks [dot] org)

Miami County is putting this bridge up for federal off-system grant money. with any luck we will be able to replace this with a ordinary concrete bridge that carries two lanes of traffic. I hate to see old trusses like this one go, but its just getting way too costly to keep it up and going.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted August 15, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sounds good, Julie. I will keep this page updated. If the trusses can be re-used somewhere, so be it.

This bridge is an important link between Osawatomie and the rural parts of the county located east of the city. Unfortunately it is in very poor condition. From what I understand, officials are afraid that any repairs would just be a temporary solution.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted August 15, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I put in a call to the city manager suggesting that they need to also look at a cost for repair. Told them I had been there just to go bridgespotting on Robert's itinerary. And I ate lunch. So we will see.

I follow up on as many as possible you know. Keep the info coming.

Thanks Robert.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted August 15, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another update on the future of this bridge: http://www.graphic-online.com/news/article_4fda9090-e800-538...

Looks like the commissioners want to remove the trusses and construct a new bridge on the original pylons.

Sounds like salt has at least in part led to the disrepair of this bridge.

Mill Street Bridge
Posted April 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The latest news on this bridge: http://www.kccommunitynews.com/osawatomie-graphic-news/30724...

The county does not have the money to replace the bridge, so it will likely remain closed for now. The county has improved surrounding roads to improve traffic flow.

Marais Des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted June 15, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is commonly known as the Mill Street Bridge, although it is actually on Main Street. When the levees were constructed around Osawatomie, Mill Street was truncated and Main Street was routed through the levee system and across the bridge.