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Frisco - Whitewater River Railroad Bridge



Lost Plate girder bridge over Whitewater River
Butler County, Kansas
Removed but not replaced. This bridge was in danger of collapse.
Future prospects
Might have been used on the Redbud Trail, but was being undermined by the Whitewater River.
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.67288, -96.99919   (decimal degrees)
37°40'22" N, 96°59'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/676452/4171404 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 72819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Butler County, Kansas (119)
Girder (9,137)
Kansas (3,052)
Lost (22,250)
Lost 2010 (441)
Lost during 2010s (2,878)
Plate girder (6,948)
Through girder (3,395)
Whitewater River (Kansas) (26)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Status description and Future prospects.
  • July 30, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories.
  • July 16, 2016: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Frisco - Whitewater River Railroad Bridge
Posted May 19, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently, I never did explain the backstory on this bridge. The Whitewater River was undermining this bridge. As a result, the bridge was in immediate danger of collapse. Thus, Butler County had to have the bridge removed before it fell into the Whitewater River. This was just a standard plate girder bridge and not highly significant. It was not a truss bridge. The loss of this bridge was nothing too concerning and I certainly understand why the county needed it to be removed.

Now, here's the catch. Had the Whitewater River not been undermining this bridge, the structure could have been used by the Redbud Trail, which is being developed along the right-of-way from Wichita to Augusta.

Another bridge on the same line had to be removed when Kellogg Avenue was improved between Wichita and Augusta.

Last time I checked, the trail authority actually needs two major bridges for this Trail - one over Kellog Avenue and one over the Whitewater River. Both bridges will need to be of substantial size. Kellogg Avenue is four lanes wide and the Whitewater River is notorious for flooding.