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ATSF - North Cottonwood River Bridge


Looking North

Photo taken by Bing Bird's Eye View

BH Photo #202380


Abandoned pony plate girder with pile trestle approaches over North Cottonwood River on Abandoned ex-Central Kansas Railway(nee ATSF Railroad)
Marion County, Kansas
Built 1922
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Central Kansas Railway (CKRY)
Pony plate girder with pile trestle approaches.
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.35896, -97.07210   (decimal degrees)
38°21'32" N, 97°04'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/668443/4247402 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 19 S., R. 3 E., Sec. 35
1300 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from ATSF Railway Bridge Records
  • July 27, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Added design type
  • June 22, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • July 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Cottonwood River (Kansas) category
  • July 12, 2010: Added by Sheldon


  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Cottonwood River ATSF Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Or the old fashioned way... push the Print Screen key and paste into paint, and crop out what you want.

Are there any copyright issues associated with using these Bing images in this manner? I don't really know.

Cottonwood River ATSF Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Ben Tate

I've got a "snipping tool" that lets me save any area of my computer screen. It comes in handy.

Cottonwood River ATSF Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I actually saw this exact bing maps bird's eye view. I could have copied it and added it to the site, but I couldn't find how to copy and paste it here.

Cottonwood River ATSF Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Ben Tate

There appears to be abutments still in the water, so I'm guessing the whole bridge used to be a timber trestle.