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BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2018

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BH Photo #429973

Map 

Description 

Build date comes from Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge records at Temple, TX Railroad Museum.

Facts 

Overview
Parker through truss bridge over Cottonwood River on Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad
Location
Lyon County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1905
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Nine panel Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 204.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.38286, -96.05288   (decimal degrees)
38°22'58" N, 96°03'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/757424/4252408 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lang
Inventory number
BH 50205 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 7, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • July 2, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • November 15, 2011: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 2, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Visited today. Correct photos, correct bridge this time - a monster

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

ok, Finally fixing this, transferring all photos and info to BNSF Neosho Rapids bridge page

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted April 2, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I have to agree with Kevin. Look at the east end of each bridge. The west bridge sits right on an abutment, the east bridge has several approach spans.

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted April 2, 2018, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

hmmm....not quite following - this is the RR bridge on this page's pinned spot, not the one to the east

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted February 16, 2018, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Some or all of these photos appear to be from the Neosho Rapids bridge just to its east (http://bridgehunter.com/ks/lyon/bh36250/). This bridge does not have the approaches that many photos show.

BNSF - Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted September 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited this old beauty yesterday.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted November 16, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the link, David.

Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted November 16, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Aerial view courtesy of Bing:

http://binged.it/tSAL92