Rating:
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AVI - Little Arkansas River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Daniel McCully

BH Photo #253472

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Little Arkansas River
Location
Harvey County, Kansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Abandoned 1942.
Railroads
- Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad (AVI)
- Interurban
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.00440, -97.49812   (decimal degrees)
38°00'16" N, 97°29'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/631856/4207366 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Zimmerdale
Inventory number
BH 43950 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,190)
Arkansas Valley Interurban Railroad (6)
Closed (2,405)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,602)
Deck arch (10,429)
Harvey County, Kansas (38)
Have street view (22,041)
Interurban (781)
Kansas (2,693)
Railroad (13,078)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2013: Photo imported by Clark Vance
  • July 24, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 23, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited multiple categories. Bridge is known as the A.V.I. Bridge by locals.
  • April 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Posted a street view link looking in the general direction of this mystery bridge.
  • January 29, 2010: Added by Robert Elder

Related Bridges 

Sources 

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

Comments 

AVI Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Great pictures Daniel. This group of bridges have stood for a long time abandoned and undocumented. It's nice to see the information coming together on this site.

AVI Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2013, by Daniel McCully (tbird [at] southwind [dot] net)

pictures taken 5/11/2013

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Vance:

I learned this information from a local. She will try to photograph this bridge soon.

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Sorry-silly ipad keeps logging me out. That was my anonymous below.

I'm really pleased that Robert did the legwork to find the local name, thus removing the "mystery" from this one. Did you talk with someone directly or hear it from someone...?

Still need to get down there for a few pics. My summer has evaporated too quickly and semester starts soon....

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anonymous is exactly right. This makes six confirmed extant bridges for this route. This is impressive given the fact that this railroad was abandoned 70 years ago.

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Anonymous

Sheldon--you discovered the AVI bridge east of here. it's another concrete arch. This opened up several more discoveries of other long abandoned bridges on this old interurban railroad.

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Arkansas Valley Interurban.

A.V.I. Bridge
Posted July 24, 2012, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What's an A.V.I.?

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted June 4, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great discovery - that link contains some good information which may confirm our suspicions, assuming that this is the correct abandoned bridge.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted June 4, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This transcript of a 2003 radio program mentions a bridge east of Halstead and claims that it was once part of the Arkansas Valley Interurban RR.

http://ktwu.washburn.edu/journeys/scripts/2003/1602b.html

(Someone needs to find an online collection of historic railroad maps so we can see what was built when!)

FWIW, the Halstead line opened in late 1911 and was torn up for scrap during WW2.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting comment. That new alignment that you were referring to has a through truss bridge over this river.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is an old Santa Fe RR line according to this 1977 map:

http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/HistoricCountyTWP/har...

It appears that a five mile section of the Santa Fe was moved a few blocks north to avoid passing through Halstead. This bridge was on the old alignment.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just looked at the latest satelite imagery from this bridge. It is almost certainly a closed-spandrel. It has deteriorated so badly that you can see the inside of the bridge from the air.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The shadow makes me think that this bridge might be a slab, yet there is a repeating pattern on the south side that almost appears to be a series of pony trusses.

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Interesting. Historic Imagery doesn't show a road as far back as 1991 so we can assume its been closed since before 1991. I'm not seeing any truss structure in the shadows so I'm thinking (guessing) some sort of concrete slab or like a pony truss?

Little Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I discovered this bridge on Google Maps and Terraserver. I can not tell how long it has been here, what it carried originally, or even what design it might be. Have a look at Google Maps and see what you think.