Marion RR Bridge
In all its glory. It carries a communication cable.
Photo taken by Cindy Gibson Apr 2011
BH Photo #198061
Sometimes looking at aerial photos and street views is a great way to discover interesting, historical bridges. The concrete arches on the Arkansas Valley Interurban are a good example.
The final decision about historical significance comes after further research, either looking at historical documents or a field visit. I am grateful to Cindy for getting these pictures for me on her visit last spring. This particular crossing doesn't amount to much but following up on this rail line may lead to other better finds.
The 1971 Marion, KS topo shows it as a branch of the ATSF that terminated at the OK, KS & TX line still running through town. The line runs west where it crosses a diversion channel about a half mile west then the North Cottonwood River another two miles west of there. Neither of the bridges looks interesting from the google sat view.
Interesting find. Looking at Bing Maps, it appears to be an abandoned railroad right of way.