Rating:
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Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge

Map 

Description 

Mostly submerged rainbow arch bridge underneath Council Grove Lake. K-177 was numbered 13 on the 1953 county road map. This bridge was on a county road running roughly parallel to the west.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Council Grove Lake
Location
Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas
Status
Inundated
Design
Marsh arch
Also called
Munkers Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.72201, -96.50507   (decimal degrees)
38°43'19" N, 96°30'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/716898/4288884 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Council Grove Lake
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 8 E., Sec. 27
Elevation
1280 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 53066 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,273)
Council Grove, Kansas (3)
Inundated (65)
Kansas (2,730)
Marsh arch (61)
Morris County, Kansas (33)
Rainbow arch (237)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added categories "Rainbow arch", "Marsh arch"
  • August 6, 2012: Updated by Robert Elder: Added alternate name. Bridge would have crossed Munkers Creek.
  • August 6, 2012: Added by J Lance

Sources 

  • J Lance - bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge
Posted May 8, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Jayhawk:

Thanks for the tip. That is some interesting imagery. It does look like the bridge is partially buried in mud.

I guess that is one way to preserve a bridge. Too bad we don't have Anonymous the Pompeiian. He could provide good information about buried structures (although this is in mud, not a pyroclastic flow).

Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge
Posted May 6, 2013, by jayhawk

New Google imagery confirms that this thing was out of the water and and dry last summer. It looks like it's partially sunken in mud.

We've had a lot of rain in central Kansas this month so it could be submerged again.

Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge
Posted August 29, 2012, by jayhawk

If I had a boat, I'd head out here this weekend. I've been fascinated by this bridge ever since I saw the video - I wonder how intact it is below the waterline.

Unfortunately, on Google Earth it looks like there's no good way to photograph it from the shore on public property otherwise I'd just bring out my long lens. I'm not sure if it's worth a hour and a half drive just to be frustrated by a row of trees or hill.

Water levels on Kansas lakes like this one haven't been lower since the 30's. I wonder if you could see more now than in the video posted.

Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge
Posted August 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Council Grove Lake Rainbow Arch bridge
Posted August 6, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great find! I have heard rumors of a submerged Marsh Arch bridge under this lake, but now we have confirmation!