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Blue River Trail Blodgett Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in April 2020

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BH Photo #470648

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Description 

Need to find more info on this abandoned UP line that branches off a still-open line just north of Marysville, KS, the abandoned line running on east side of Big Blue River north is now the 11 1/2 mile Big Blue River Trail which ends at Nebraska state line and becomes Chief Standing Bear Trail thereafter.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Scotch / Blodgett Creek on Blue River UP Rail-to-Trail
Location
Marshall County, Kansas
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1950 by Kansas City Structural Steel Co.
Builder
- Kansas City Structural Steel Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Railroads
- Rail-to-trail
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Timber stringer, paved and graveled, pedestrian railings installed
Dimensions
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
UP Scotch Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.90234, -96.63330   (decimal degrees)
39°54'08" N, 96°37'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/702319/4419599 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 2 S., R. 7 E., Sec. 3
Elevation
1150 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 89065 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2020: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler

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Blue River Trail Blodgett Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Yes, hiked the Blue River Trail north out of Marysville half of the 11 miles to Nebraska, turned around just south of Oketo, KS....trail becomes Standing Bear Trail at Nebraska line.....beautiful area.

Blue River Trail Blodgett Creek Bridge
Posted April 20, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Going back to 1894 there doesn't appear to have been a road here, so probably an earlier RR bridge.

Blue River Trail Blodgett Creek Bridge
Posted April 20, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nick,

I believe this is the former UP line between Lincoln Nebraska and Marysville. The entire route has since been converted to trail use, and there are quite a number of girder bridges along it.

Blue River Trail Blodgett Creek Bridge
Posted April 19, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Interesting remnants on W side of bridge of what appears to be an old road bridge