Our tour of Bridges of Butler County starts at the corner of West Central and South Haverhill Road on the west edge of El Dorado, Ks.
Bridge #1 - Proceed south on Haverhill Road to 60th Street, turn east (left) and go approximately one mile. This is one of two double arch bridges left in Butler County. Built in 1912 by C.C. Jamison. Arches are 20' and 30'.
Bridge #2 - Continue east to Walnut River Road (very first road on right, only several feet from first bridge), turn south (right) and drive approximately 1/3 mile. 30' arch, built in 1910 by C.C. Jamison.
Bridge #3 - Continue south on Walnut River Road to 70th Street (next crossroads) and turn west (right). Bridge is approximately 1/2 mile. 25' arch built in 1897 by A. Metheny.
Bridge #4 - Continue west on 70th Street until you reach Ohio Street Road (second blacktop road) approximately 7 miles. Continue west on 70th, approximately 2 miles to Diamond Road. Turn south (left). Continue on Diamond Road approximately 1 1/2 miles to Bridge #4. 37' arch, built in 1900.
Bridge #5 - Continue south on Diamond Road to 90th Street. Turn east (left) about 1/2 mile to bridge #5. 36' arch, built in 1899 by Walter Sharp. (You will turn at old Lily Lake School.)
Bridge #6 - Continue on 90th Street to River Valley Road (next intersection), turn south (right) and continue to Highway 54, approximately 1 mile. Turn west (right) on Highway 54 and continue to the Andover-Rose Hill corner (first stop light). Turn south (left) and continue through Rose Hill to 230th Street. Turn east (left) and continue 1 1/2 miles to Pole Cat Creek Bridge. 34' arch built in 1910 by C. C. Jamison. Only stone arch bridge on Historical Register in Butler County.
Bridge #7 - Continue east on 230th Street to Meadowlark Road, 1/2 mile, turn north (left) to 210th Street (blacktop), turn east (right) and continue into Douglass, Kansas (approximately 4 miles). Turn north (left) on Highway 77 to 200th Street (1 mile) turn east (right). Continue approximately 3 1/2 miles to 7th bridge. This bridge is a double arch reinforced concrete, listed on the National Register.
Bridge #8 - Continue east on 200th Street to Cheyenne Road (approximately 1/2 mile) turn south (right) to go back to 210th Street. Turn east (left) and continue to Haverhill Road, turn north (left) on Haverhill Road and continue north to Highway 400. Turn east (right) on 400 and continue to Gray Road (on top of railroad overpass and only goes north.) Turn north (left) and drive around stockpile of gravel to the south and approach railroad bridge. Old Frisco Railroad art deco reinforced concrete and metal. Built in 1935.
Bridge #9 - (This bridge may be bypassed as road is sometimes impassable.) Return to Highway 400 and turn east (left) and continue to Tallgrass Road (approximately 1 mile), turn south (right) and continue to 130th Street. Turn east (left) one mile to Summit Road, turn south (right) to bridge. 20' arch, built in 1906 by A. Metheny. Return to Highway 400 on the same roads you came down. Turn west (left) on Highway 400 to next bridge.
Bridge #10 - On Highway 400 turn south (left) on Stony Creek Road. Follow the road into the town of Latham. Turn west (right) on 200th Street and follow blacktop to Satchel Creek Road (cemetery on west side of intersection). Turn south (left) to bridge. 30' arch, built in 1901 by Walter Sharp.
Bridge #11 - Return to 200th Street and turn west (left). Follow 200th Street. It will bend and curve around and is about 6 miles to Cole Creek Road. (You will be on 210th Street when you reach Cole Creek Road because of the twisting and turning.) Turn north (right) and continue north to 140th Street (approximately 7 miles). Turn east (right) on 140th Street to Ellis Road. Bridge is right of intersection. 40' arch, built in 1905. (Note arched roadway.)
After viewing this bridge, turn to the north (left) and continue on Ellis Road until you reach Highway 400. Turn west (left) and proceed to Highway 54. Turn north (right) and follow into El Dorado.
NOTE: Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to walk down slopes to see the arches of the bridges. You may also want to pack a picnic lunch or snacks.
Bridges of Butler County researched, compiled and edited by Carl and Betty Henn with the help of Harry Barr, for the use of the Butler County Historical Society and its patrons. Condensed for Tour Butler, Inc., May, 2008.