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Frisco - Spring River Bridge


Looking East Through Pony Spans and Distant Trestle Approach

Photo taken by John Cross in January 2011


BH Photo #192933



There are two large Pony span (approx. 10' above grade)and a long approach trestle on the East. To the West there are two independent trestles one appears a more or less relief and the furthest West appears to be a small branch or tributary (un-named). The bridge has a negative embossed date stamp on the East end Pier of 1935. I was told by the adjacent property owner (who gave me permission to drive the road) that the original bridge was different- but he was unsure how. I expect as was often the case that the grade and pier height was raised with further changes. I am researching the date further but one construction period was 1935.


Two span Pratt pony truss over Spring River on BNSF Railway
Cherokee County, Kansas
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Two span Pratt pony truss with wooden trestle approaches.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.16374, -94.63449   (decimal degrees)
37°09'49" N, 94°38'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/354876/4114288 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
820 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43698 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


BNSF Railway (1,570)
Cherokee County, Kansas (55)
Closed (2,722)
Kansas (3,245)
Owned privately (1,848)
Pony truss (16,671)
Pratt pony truss (3,811)
Pratt truss (9,816)
Railroad (16,165)
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (219)
Truss (34,206)

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Photos, GPS correction, Elev. and Quad added with date information.
  • December 3, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Corrected typo in overview.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com


Frisco Railroad Spring River Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was scheduled to be a part of the Ruby Jack Trail which would have ran from Carthage, Missouri to Columbus, Kansas. Apparently, the Carl Junction, MO school district was worried that the trail would attract transients.

Cherokee County, KS opposed the trail, fearing that it would attract vandals.

Source: http://www.kansascyclist.com/news/2010/06/cherokee-county-ob...

Whether this trail will eventually be extended into Kansas remains to be seen. For now, it stops dead at the state line. The old grade appears to be abandoned all the way from Carthage to Wichita, a distance of roughly 200 miles. The Kansas segment (if completed to Wichita)includes several historic bridges - most notably at least four truss bridges.

In Missouri, where the trail is completed, it passes through the Ozarks. A few miles after entering Kansas, it would leave the Ozarks and pass through the Cherokee Lowlands, Osage Cuestas, Flint Hills, Chautauqua Hills, and finally the Arkansas River Lowlands as it enters Wichita. In other words, there would be a lot of scenery and HBs along the route.

Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Old Frisco line from Pierce City, MO, to Columbus, KS. Abandoned several years ago. Bridge has a pair of six-panel Pratt pony trusses with a fairly long wood trestle on east end and a couple shorter wood trestles in the embankment east of the river.

Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Terraserver and Google Earth clearly indicate that there is a railroad bridge over the Spring River at this location.

There is a posibility that it might be a truss bridge, perhaps a double span, and thus I have added it to the site. If anybody else wants to have a look at the Google Earth link, we can all enjoy the speculation.

The bridge is located south of Old K-96 about 1 mile west of the Kansas-Missouri state line.