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Abandoned Rock Island - Little Delaware River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in February 2017

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BH Photo #379029

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Description 

Dimensions of bridge are close approximations. Access to the bridge is best via permission from business owner to the east although bridge may now be technically on public land.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Delaware River on Rock Island abandoned Railroad line
Location
Horton, Brown County, Kansas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Most likely built circa 1910 at birth of Rock Island Railroad operations in Horton, KS
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
Pony through plate girder, double wide, currently in very poor condition, over Little Delaware River behind a business location at far west end of 7th St.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.65930, -95.53418   (decimal degrees)
39°39'33" N, 95°32'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/282598/4393013 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 75695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2017: Added by Nick Schmiedeler

Sources 

  • Nick Schmiedeler

Comments 

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Haha, yeah Robert - finding those so early in my bridgehunting adventures was insane - will keep at it and hope there are more gems out there to be discovered...dig my little 45 mpg bridge-finder Nissan but may need a 4wd to get at those rare birds in the future!!

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, never let an accident get you down. Bridgehunting carries some risks, but when you suddenly find an 1878 King Whipple (or a Bedstead for that matter), it all becomes worth it.

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Anonymous

Nick nice find! Enjoy your stone ponies also. Glass Buttes Oregon 3 flat tires....................

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Fresh gravel will get you! I got a flat in Geary County many years ago. A local farmer helped me change the tire. Watch out for the flint in the Flint Hills. That stuff will rip your tires.

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

That's great - it jumped out at me scanning creeks and rivers via satellite imagery (yes, it's gotten to that point), so was surprised not to find a listing remotely close to what I thought it might be. This mystery bridge was the spark for the full-day NE KS bridgehunting trip yesterday, and also my first bridgehunting country-road car accident...county put down new THICK layer of gravel, I skated right off road into mud bog - flagged down nice locals who pulled me out with big trucks....all part of the journey I guess....

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice work! Bridges like this generally don't appear on the NBI and thus they generally don't get added automatically. A bridge like this might be found in railroad archives but those are harder to access then the NBI.

This is all to say that I am not surprised that this bridge was not listed already. While I have spent some time in Brown County, I was completely unaware of this bridge.

Abandoned Rock Island Railroad Line Bridge over Little Delaware River
Posted February 17, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Apologies if this bridge has already been listed, was not able to find it in Brown County listings or any other location. Please let me know of any known information or corrections that need to be made as I have not done a new bridge listing before, I based all information on research I've done after initial visit and photos taken, February 2017.