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CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in December 2017

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BH Photo #414617

Map 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over South Fork Solomon River on Central Kansas Railroad (abandoned)
Location
Osborne County, Kansas
Status
Closed to traffic
History
Built 1916 using a secondhand truss
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Central Kansas Railway (CKRY)
- Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (KO)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 133.0 ft.
Total length: 623.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.42384, -98.67389   (decimal degrees)
39°25'26" N, 98°40'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/528069/4363863 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Osborne
Land survey
T. 7 S., R. 12 W., Sec. 21
Inventory number
BH 75212 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • December 24, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "A-frame portal"
  • December 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad"
  • December 24, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 18, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Solomon River"

Sources 

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

Comments 

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Hi, yes land owner nice, lives on southeast end of bridge - hard to track down in town, diner is best bet or the welding shop on Main St., I parked on south(most) end, about 300 yards away in neighbor of landowner's driveway, and walked old line on south side to sinkhole at end of bridge, you can climb up there as I did at concrete support, or on other end but approach on north side so unbelievable long and elevated (900' as I recall stepping it off) that you may be inclined to climb the trees growing up through the tracks on that side to save some walking to north end where track is at ground level, which is what I did....bit labor intensive this one to be able to walk across actual bridge

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted January 8, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pretty obvious to me that this one came from elsewhere. I would suspect it dates to the early to mid 1890s, although it also could be slightly later than that. Nick, were you able to walk out on the bridge? If so, from what end? From your pictures, it looks like portions of both approaches have been destroyed. I would love to visit this bridge sometime...was the landowner friendly?

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 24, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is great that the landowners let you visit the bridge. This one is exceptionally light for railroad bridge.

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 24, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Met some great folks in Osborne, they hooked me up with local land owner wholived next to this old bridge, I stepped off a 680' approach on the West side and there is very huge sinkhole on the east Side, plaques removed, trees growing through the tracks, wonderful experience visiting this old abandoned survivor

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted December 22, 2017, by David Larson (dvdlcrsn [at] gmail [dot] com)

There were some pictures of this bridge posted recently in the facebook group "Old Abandoned and Interesting Places-Kansas"

CK - South Fork Solomon River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This through truss is my latest discovery. I cannot positively identify the truss type from satellite imagery.