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Atchison Swing Bridge


From The Railroad Gazette's "English Versus American Bridges", published 1874

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923


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BH Photo #348695


Lost Post through truss bridge over Missouri River on Road & Railroads
Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1875; Replaced ca. 1900
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- American Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Post through truss
Length of largest span: 364.0 ft.
Total length: 1,154.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.56061, -95.11300   (decimal degrees)
39°33'38" N, 95°06'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/318476/4381123 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Atchison East
Inventory number
BH 70819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 8, 2016: Added by Luke

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Atchison Swing Bridge
Posted October 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, the original one has been replaced. The current swing bridge was built around 1900 I believe. As far as I know the current bridge is still in operating condition.

Atchison Swing Bridge
Posted October 28, 2017, by Luke

1) The bridge has long been replaced.

2) The Mississippi, Missouri (to a lesser extent than the others.), and Ohio Rivers are the most heavily used commercial waterways in the country.

Graph source: https://www.nap.edu/read/21763/chapter/4#25

Atchison Swing Bridge
Posted October 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


A lot of people would be surprised to see a movable bridge in Kansas. The Missouri River is still considered navigable at this point. In fact, it is considered navigable all the way upstream to Sioux City, Iowa.

Thus, there are a few movable bridges over the Missouri River downstream from Sioux City on towards St Louis. This includes a couple of bridges on the Kansas stretch of the Missouri River.

Otherwise, Kansas does not generally have movable bridges except for some of the Kansas River bridges which were equipped with flood jacks.

Atchison Swing Bridge
Posted October 28, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks the railway swinging drawbridge is still in good condition. I thought Kansas didnít had a drawbridge because itís the Midwest. Itís rare to see a drawbridge in Kansas.