Samson of the Cimarron
Photo taken by Robert Elder in June 2004
BH Photo #111688
This bridge was built to replace three earlier bridges that collapsed over a course of two decades due to the river expanding new channels under natural works.
In 1938, after the last wood bridge collapsed, the Rock Island railroad adapted a new design for this river crossing, deck truss.
Work began to raise the Right Of Way up 113 feet above the last bridge level to build the bridge, and an extra 3 1/2 miles on each side of the river, this raise allowed many other curves and trestles to be removed.
In 1939, the bridge was completed and opened to rail traffic. On March 31, 1980, after more than five years of bankruptcy, the Rock Island railroad was shut down. This rail line was given to the Burlington railroad, under a ICC "directed service" order.
The bridge remains open today.
- Deck truss bridge over Cimarron River on Union Pacific Railroad (former RI)
- Seward County, Kansas
- Open to traffic
- Built in 1939 by the Rock Island Railroad, replacing several earlier bridges
- - Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
- Five-span subdivided Warren deck truss
Total length: 1,269.0 ft.
- Also called
- RI - Cimarron River Bridge
Rock Island Bridge #4184
Cotton Belt - Cimarron River Bridge
UP - Samson of the Cimarron
Cotton Belt - Samson of the Cimarron
RI - Samson of the Cimarron
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.14962, -100.75370 (decimal degrees)
37°08'59" N, 100°45'13" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/344261/4112909 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Liberal NE
- Inventory number
- BH 36246 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 10, 2015: New photo from Paul Hamby
- August 26, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Southern Pacific Railroad", "St. Louis Southwestern Railway"
- November 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
- October 9, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
- December 17, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Corrected bridge type: Looking at the street view indicates that this is a subdivided Warren deck truss, rather than a Baltimore.
- March 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
- March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View link
- June 12, 2008: Essay added by Max Johnson
- February 11, 2008: Added by Robert Elder