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Flint Hills Nature Trail - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge

Photos 

This bridge is a six panel, riveted Warren through truss. Reportedly, there are plans to convert the abandoned railroad grade to a rail trail.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2005

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BH Photo #111793

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Flint Hills Nature Trail
Location
Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Currently being used by pedestrians on the Flint Hills Nature Trail
History
Built 1903
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Truss)
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Through Girder Spans)
Railroads
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61966, -95.29232   (decimal degrees)
38°37'11" N, 95°17'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/300433/4277063 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottawa South
Inventory number
BH 36267 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • April 7, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added approach type
  • November 27, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is now open to pedestrians.
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added City - bridge is roughly adjacent to the Ottawa city limits.
  • May 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories and Future Prospects
  • February 11, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • February 14, 2008: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Flint Hills Nature Trail - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have never tried camping in this area. There might be a KOA nearby. Pomona Lake has some campgrounds as does Melvern. Watch out for chiggers!

Flint Hills Nature Trail - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2017, by Anonymous

If you die, you get free lifetime camping at the nearby cemetery

Flint Hills Nature Trail - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2017, by JP Rogers (jp [dot] rogers [dot] mba [at] gmaill [dot] com)

Is there a public place to camp near here? Thank you.