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Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge


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Four-span through arch over the Verdigris River on Old US 160 just east of Independence
Montgomery County, Kansas
Open to traffic on a paved frontage road
Future prospects
Built 1926; made obsolete by new bridge in 1960
- Fifield Construction Co. of Waterloo, Iowa
- Marsh Engineering Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 408.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 10, 1983
Also called
Verdigris Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.22451, -95.67868   (decimal degrees)
37°13'28" N, 95°40'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/262340/4123140 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 83000436 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
KS 000630999706820 (Kansas local bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 18176 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 31, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • October 19, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Marsh arch (tied)"
  • September 11, 2015: Updated by Steve Conro: Added categories "Marsh Engineering Co.", "Fifield Construction Co."
  • February 26, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • May 18, 2010: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link.
  • February 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Made slight adjustment to GPS Coordinates.
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Marsh arch to Categories


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted November 18, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge will mess with your mind. On initial glance, it appears to be composed of four equal spans. In reality, one span is actually 2 panels longer than the others. The second to west span is the odd one out.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted November 5, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I field visited this bridge on 10/26/2019. Still open and carrying light traffic. As I was leaving, a couple of tourists stopped to visit the bridge.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted August 26, 2015, by Jane Ballard (bobbyjaneballard [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just stopped by here on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted May 19, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Mackinac Bridge is definitely on my list. I would visit and photograph bridges in any state, I have mostly focused on Kansas because that is the area with which I am most familar. The shear number of bridges in Kansas (nice problem) has kept me busy. I am still discovering bridges that I had no idea existed, and ones that I thought had been demolished years ago.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted May 19, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Thanks Robert

I agree with you totally. Actually, I would love to see more bridges saved "functional" versus abandoned. I like to really see more metal trusses spared. One such example is the Mt Carmel bridge in Illinois. The ugly UCEB is parallel to the truss. By the words of bridgefans, the truss is not in too bad relating to condition. I wish only the plans were to make it a functional "alternate route" as you described with the Marsh arch here. Seeing future pics of the Mt Carmel truss getting razed, then gone will be tragic.

Furthermore, keep posting Kansas bridges on here as you have been. I live in Ohio but all historic bridges, to me, are special no matter what state they are in

See the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan someday. That bridge started my fondness for historic bridges.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted May 19, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There used to be a triple span Marsh Arch over the Elk River on US 75 just north of this bridge. That one did meet the wrecking ball.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted May 19, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reply to Todd:

This is a good preservation story. The main highway was moved to a new bridge, but the old highway remains open to traffic. Thus this bridge still receives a few cars and some maintenance which in my opinion is much preferable to abandonment.

Dewlen-Spohnhauer Bridge
Posted May 18, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I like seeing a monumental bridge "spared" such as this beauty here. Marsh arches that get pulled down, as I seen on this site, are as terrible as trusses. For granted,some bridges are too deteriorated to keep. The appalling thing is destroying "preservable" bridges. I totally agree with a lot of the bridge buffs like me whom use this site, some bridges are worth saving.