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Cut-Off Bridge


Left (W) end of bridge most likely old west bank of River several decades ago

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler


BH Photo #398140



Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Neosho River on 40th Road (Abandoned)
Neosho County, Kansas
Built 1924, abandoned ca. 1927
- Topeka Bridge & Construction Co. of Topeka, Kansas
Closed-spandrel arch
Also called
Casey's Monument
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.42798, -95.13782   (decimal degrees)
37°25'41" N, 95°08'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/310845/4144496 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Mound
Inventory number
BH 72750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete balustrade"
  • July 25, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 8, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


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Posted July 27, 2017, by Zachary S

That's true about the exhibit feature, it's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about and I do use it when my browser is being kind, haha. It's definitely possible to even do an aerial bridge hunt from there even if it's more difficult than on a standalone like Google Earth. But it's great for planning out places to visit for a bridge hunting expedition.

I've covered AL mostly but anywhere from MD and KY south and MS east, I've got on Google Earth and occasionally play around with. I've noticed aerial imagery seems to be updated more frequently on the east coast and east of the Mississippi in general. The foliage density definitely makes winter views a must though!

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Posted July 27, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The "exhibit" feature for a county on this site will show a map of all the listings. I use that as a start when examining an area for unlisted bridges.

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Posted July 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


That is an interesting idea concerning the coordinates. I have inadvertently added a couple of duplicate listings over the course of time, and also failed to add a couple thinking that they were accounted for already.

I also spent time on occasion scanning for bridges. I don't know about your area, but there are still a few areas in Kansas that do not have any recent (last 10-15 years) winter imagery. I am not saying that bridges will surface there, but there is always that small chance...

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Posted July 26, 2017, by Zachary S

It's jaw dropping to realize how quickly a river can modify its course. Scary, even. Just a small reminder of how small and we are in the big picture to the forces shaping the world around us.

The abandoned oxbow bit is intriguing. I've been using Google Earth for years to track down hundreds of unlisted historic and generally abandoned bridges to add here but to make sure there's no adding an already existing one I have to add each bridge individually from here to my placemarks folder, which only contains a few states thus far. If I had a pick for a new site feature I would love to see a way to grab the coordinates from all listed bridges per state into a kml or kmz file to import to Google Earth so I could satellite search states with too high a number of listed bridges to realistically add to my placemarks manually haha.

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Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To say that the construction of this bridge was controversial would be quite an understatement.

The Neosho River does have a history of changing courses. I have tried scanning old oxbow lakes for old spans but thus far I have not found any that are not already listed on here. It would be awesome if a few started showing up though.

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Posted July 25, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would have to imagine that Mr. Casey was probably not very popular after this...

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Posted July 25, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

If you zoom out a/o look at old maps you'll see this river has wandered around its valley quite a bit over the years. It appears they still haven't channelized it much. Building anything in the flood zone is high risk. There may be some other abandoned spans lurking in the valley.

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Posted July 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Cannot believe how much further the river has widened over the past 90 years.... I hope it's clear in the photos where the plaques were on those 2 ends of the bridge, crazy old thing

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Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes! Somebody finally made it to Casey's Monument! When I was in the area, I had heard rumors of an abandoned bridge hiding in the trees somewhere in the area. I did not know the exact location until recently however.

Cut-Off Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Wow. An interesting spot on the river, I imagine even back over 90 years ago, to place this bridge at the end of a rural remote road, does in fact look like the river has abandoned the bridge itself as the west-end of it looks as if it was constructed to lean against the previous west-side of the river, also, obvious spots on both ends of bridge where plaques used to be placed and have long since been stolen, erosion and flooding have created a much wider Neosho River now, concrete beauty, what a brush pile!!! Loved the visit, worth the effort. Casey's Monument is quite a classic.

Cut-Off Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was abandoned by both the river and the road. It was used for only 3 years.