Rating:
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ATSF - Abandoned Branch Caney River Bridge

Photos 

Stone railroad bridge looking east

Road 11 north of Dalton road west of Elgin Kansas

Photo taken by Mike LeMasters in September 2008

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BH Photo #150463

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over a branch of Caney River on Abandoned Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
Location
Chautauqua County, Kansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1899
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Chicago, Kansas & Western Railroad (CK&W)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 20.0 ft.
Also called
CKW - Stone Arch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01218, -96.31730   (decimal degrees)
37°00'44" N, 96°19'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/738682/4099588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elgin
Inventory number
BH 43712 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • May 1, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway"
  • December 7, 2009: Added by Mike LeMasters

Sources 

  • Mike LeMasters
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

ATSF - Abandoned Branch Caney River Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

10? That is great. The stone arch bridges and culverts are really beautiful. This area of Kansas has some great building stone so perhaps it's not surprising that the railroad would take advantage of it.

ATSF - Abandoned Branch Caney River Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been finding more of these, although I can only confirm one nearby. I believe I might have found as many as ten.

ATSF - Abandoned Branch Caney River Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the previous comment, apparently there are three of these Bridges along this stretch of road. I see that two have been added to the website.

John, did you find the third one? I am curious as to what else might be lurking in the area.

Caney River RR bridge
Posted December 11, 2011, by Eric (orediggers1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge was constructed in 1886 and is actually 1 of 3 like it in the area. There are 2 others that are under the road/roadbed that you can see by climbing down embankments. The construction of the other 2 is just as magnificent, but it's just that they are not as easily seen as the one you have pictured. The Chicago, Kansas and Western is the road that built the the bridges and was a subsidiary of the Santa Fe.

Caney River RR bridge
Posted November 14, 2010, by Tom Stybr (stybrone [at] cox [dot] net)

This bridge is not actually over the Caney River but rather over an intermittent stream, which flows north to south, feeding the Caney. I could not find any markings describing the year of its construction. Anyone?