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Rock Island Carry Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017


BH Photo #413626



Girder bridge over Carry Creek on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR
Dickinson County, Kansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.83006, -96.99460   (decimal degrees)
38°49'48" N, 96°59'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/674073/4299829 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 14 S., R. 4 E., Sec. 16
1250 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 67552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (14,968)
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (1,066)
Closed (2,634)
Deck girder (5,467)
Dickinson County, Kansas (53)
Girder (9,696)
Kansas (3,169)
Plate girder (7,484)
Railroad (14,950)

Update Log 

  • December 15, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 12, 2015: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Rock Island Carry Creek Bridge
Posted April 2, 2020, by Sawyer Regensberg (sawyer [dot] regensberg [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was told once that this was the Highest Wooden Bridge in Kansas: I don't know what to make of that. My understanding is that the Abilene & Smoky Valley RR used to run a "railbus" service over this section down to Woodbine with a school bus that had Hi-rail wheels on it but I think that has been discontinued now. Sadly the removal of the diamond crossing in Enterprise with the BNSF line (and the--for all practical purposes--impossibility of restoring said crossing) basically means the A&SVRR will likely never get east of Enterprise.

Rock Island Carry Creek Bridge
Posted December 15, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

MOOOONNNNSSSTTTTEEERRRR tressle - parked on road to south, walked few hundred yards north to find this freaky thing, fenced off on both sides about 20 yds away, cattle meandering among the posts on other side of creek - absolutely gigantic abandoned beauty

Rock Island Carry Creek Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Robert Elder

Oh, yes, this bridge. I have driven past it, but could not see it due to the summer foliage. I understand that it is quite an impressive timber trestle.