Stone Arch Bridges of Butler County, Kansas

This is a list of the stone arch bridges of Butler County, Kansas. While these bridges, for the most part, tend to be smaller than the famous Cowley County stone arch bridges, they still are worth viewing. One interesting observation is that there is an incredible number of stone arch bridges in Butler County. The county historically built many bridges from an early date, and, even more noteworthy, the various townships collectively built hundreds of stone arch culverts, some a mere 3 feet in span. And, as it happens, it is quite possible there are still stone arch culverts in Butler waiting to be discovered.

The Walz Ford Bridge, for example, is not a very well-known structure that still carries the road, though it is high and dry. Another not very well-known stone arch bridge (or, more correctly, stone arch culvert) in Butler is the NW 115th Street Whitewater River Bridge north of Potwin.

We will add to this list as we find more bridges and learn more about them. As we determine the original names of the bridges we will change the name to reflect this. So, for example, the “NE 110th Street Walnut River Bridge” is now called “Ellis Bridge” after it’s original name. Finally, we will be happy to hear of any new stone bridge and culvert discoveries! With hundreds of stone arch bridges and culverts having been built in Butler, it is quite possible there are some still on the road which we are unaware of.

Note to photographers: No trespassing. A “selfie stick” can make difficult bridge pictures possible.

Ellis Bridge

  • Where: On NE 110th Street where the road crosses the Walnut River, south and west of Cassoday.
  • When: Construction of the original portion began in 1901 and was completed in 1902; bridge received its second full-sized arch in 1906, thereby achieving its final form (minus the cantilevered slab top).
  • Built By: Walter Sharp built original section of the bridge. Abe Matheney put the bridge into its final form (minus the cantilevered slab top).
  • Further Resources: Cassoday’s Double Arch Walnut River Bridge.
NE 110th Street Double Arch Walnut River bridge
Ellis Bridge over Walnut River on NE 110th Street.

 

SW 60th Street Turkey Creek Bridge

Turkey Creek Bridge
SW 60th Turkey Creek Bridge.

 

Diller Bridge

Dillers Bridge
Diller Bridge over Walnut River on NE Price Road.

 

Minos West Ford Bridge

Minos West Ford Bridge
Minos West Ford Bridge over Hickory Creek on SE Ellis Road.

 

Cedar Ford Bridge

  • Where: On SE Pickrell Road a few feet north of where it crosses Rock Creek. Though this bridge originally spanned Rock Creek, it now carries the road over an overflow channel. The long south approach of the stone bridge joins the 1917 concrete bridge which spans the actual creek.
  • When: 1908.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
  • Further Resources: The Cedar Ford Bridge.
Rock Creek Overflow Bridge
Cedar Ford Bridge near Rock Creek on SE Pickrell Road.

 

NW 110th Street Henry Creek Bridge

  • Where: On NW 110th Street, where the road crosses Henry Creek, north of Potwin.
  • When: 1910.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
Henry Creek Bridge
NW 110th Street Henry Creek Bridge.

SE Satchell Creek Road Rock Creek Bridge

Rock Creek Bridge
SE Satchell Creek Road Rock Creek Bridge.

Sycamore Springs Bridge

  • Where: On NE 140th Street where the road crosses the Walnut River, west of Cassoday.
  • When: Construction began in 1899.
  • Built By: Abe Matheney.
Abe Matheney's 1899 Walnut River Bridge
Sycamore Springs Bridge over Walnut River on NE 140th Street

 

SW Tawakoni Road Fourmile Creek Bridge

  • Where: On SW Tawakoni Road where it crosses Fourmile Creek, near Andover.
  • When: 1899.
  • Built By: Abe Matheney.
  • Note: This bridge is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2025. For more info click here.
Fourmile Creek Bridge
SW Tawakoni Road Four Mile Creek Bridge.

 

Grant Bridge

  • Where: Spanning Satchel Creek on NE Grant Road, east of El Dorado Lake.
  • When: Completed in 1914.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
Satchel Creek Bridge
Grant Bridge over Satchel Creek on NE Grant Road.

 

Liggett Ford Bridge

  • Where: Spans Harrison Creek on SE Price Road, east of El Dorado Lake.
  • When: 1903.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
Harrison Creek Bridge
Liggett Ford Bridge over Harrison Creek on SE Price Road.

 

Wilson Bridge

1899 Dry Creek Bridge
Wilson Bridge.

 

Hill Bridge

  • Where: Spans Dry Creek on SW Diamond Road, west of Augusta.
  • When: 1912.
  • Built By: O. Markley.
  • Note: This bridge is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2022. For more info click here.
Markley's Dry Creek Bridge
Hill Bridge over Dry Creek on SW Diamond Road.

 

NW 160th Street May Branch Whitewater River Bridge

  • Where: Spans the May Branch of the Whitewater River on NW 160th Street, in Clifford Township.
  • When: 1906.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
1910 May Branch Whitewater River Bridge
NW 160th Street May Branch Whitewater River Bridge.

Brainerd Bridge

  • Where: Spans Dry Creek on abandoned section of NW Indianola Road, east of Brainerd. (Private property.)
  • When: 1903.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.

SW Walnut Valley Road Cave Spring Branch Turkey Creek Bridge

  • Where: Spanning Cave Spring Branch of Turkey Creek on SW Walnut Valley Road, south of El Dorado.
  • When: 1910.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
Cave Spring Branch Bridge
SW Walnut Valley Road Cave Spring Branch Turkey Creek Bridge.

 

Walz Ford Bridge

Walz Ford Bridge
Walz Ford Bridge near Rock Creek on SE Bluestem Road.

 

SW 70th Street Turkey Creek Bridge

Abe Matheney's 1897 Turkey Creek Bridge
SW 70th Street Turkey Creek Bridge.

 

SW 230th Street Polecat Creek Bridge

  • Where: Spans Polecat Creek on SW 230th Street, south of Rose Hill.
  • When: 1901.
  • Built By: C. C. Jamison.
  • Further Resources: The Polecat Creek Bridge.
Polecat Creek Bridge
SW 230th Street Polecat Creek Bridge.

 

Thomas Jefferson Smith Ford Bridge

  • Where: Where SE Summit Road spans the north branch of Hickory Creek, southwest of Beaumont.
  • When: 1906.
  • Built By: Abe Matheney.
North Branch Hickory Creek Bridge
Thomas Jefferson Smith Ford Bridge over Hickory Creek on SE Summit Road.

 

SW Santa Fe Lake Road Gillion Creek Bridge

  • Where: Spans Gillion Creek (Fourmile Creek) on SW Santa Fe Lake Road, south of Potwin.
  • When: 1901.
  • Built By: Abe Matheney.
Gillion Creek Bridge
SW Santa Fe Lake Road Gillion Creek Bridge.

 

NW 115th Street Whitewater River Bridge

115th Whitewater River Bridge
NW 115th Street Whitewater River Bridge.