5 votes

Linear Trail - Wildcat Creek Bridge #2


February 15, 1978

RI GP40 #385 leads train #78 across Wildcat Creek.

Photo taken by Lance Garrels


View this photo at trainorders.com

BH Photo #290800


Street View 


Warren through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on Linear Park Trail
Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians
Built 1905
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Rail-to-trail
1 - 124' Riveted Warren Truss
Span length: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Wildcat Creek Bridge #2
Rock Island Bridge #1464
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.18473, -96.61046   (decimal degrees)
39°11'05" N, 96°36'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/706387/4339996 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36318 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 10, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 6, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Riveted"
  • July 20, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Correct location, & City, alt name, & cats.
  • June 4, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • June 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories
  • February 26, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Wildcat Creek Bridge
Posted July 20, 2013, by Robert Nichols (robert_nichols [at] outlook [dot] com)

Here's some additional detail about Wildcat Creek Bridge, which was part of the Rock Island Railroad (Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific or CRI&P) Clay Center or "High Line" secondary main line between McFarland and Belleville, Kansas. The line entered service in 1887 and was operated until 1980, when it was abandoned. The rails were sold for salvage and dismantled in 1984. When the Wildcat Creek highway bridge above the rail bridge was later rebuilt, the span was shortened, since the rail line beneath was out of service, so that the "linear trail" along the old rail alignment now makes a sharp jog around the north abutment of the highway bridge. This is probably more information than many folks may want to know, but when I was six years old in the aftermath of the Manhattan Tornado of 1966, while our house was being repaired, my family moved into an apartment at Garden Way about 200 yards north of this bridge, which was clearly visible from our patio, before the intervening field became overgrown with trees. I have fond memories of watching the long Rock Island freight trains speeding across this bridge most evenings. I never thought that in a few short years something seemingly to powerful and irresistible could disappear.