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UP - Kansas River Bridge #3

Photos 

View from northwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #103254

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This bridge has a newer concrete beam approach on the west end. The east end widens and there is evidence that there was a switch on the bridge and a second track exiting at the portal.

Facts 

Overview
Four-span through truss bridge over Kansas River on the Union Pacific Railroad just north of I-70
Location
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Status
Open to single-track railroad traffic
History
Built 1904 to replace previous bridge destroyed by 1903 flood
Builders
- Kahman-McMurray Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Kansas City Northwestern Railway (KCNW)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
From north to south:
One pony plate girder span
Three pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through trusses
One riveted, flared and skewed Pratt through truss (west side has 9 panels, east side 8)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 960.0 ft.
Also called
Maple Leaf Bridge
Two Rivers bridge
CGW - Kansas River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11388, -94.61409   (decimal degrees)
39°06'50" N, 94°36'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/360453/4330654 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 25 E., Sec. 10
Inventory number
BH 18695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 12, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 12, 2016: New photos from Clark Vance
  • September 11, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builders + historical imagery
  • September 11, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • December 22, 2013: Updated by Chris Knight: Added Alt Name Maple Leaf Bridge as shown on 1907 map
  • April 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago Great Western Railway", "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Kansas City Northwestern Railway", "Missouri Pacific Railroad"
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builder
  • April 24, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • April 23, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • July 3, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

Comments 

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 1
Posted March 2, 2007, by Marty Myers (conductor_mtm [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A walkway for railroad workers was added in 1999.

Kansas River Railroad Bridge No. 1
Posted December 31, 2006, by Bob Franke (glad6813 [at] netzero [dot] net)

This bridge was constructed by the Kansas City North Western Railroad. The first bridge at this location was destroyed in 1903 by a flood, and a replacement was contracted for in July of that year. [Source - I.E. Quastler, Missouri Pacific Northwest: A History of the Kansas City Northwestern Railroad, 1994]

The brige was used by the Missouri Pacific and the Chicago Great Western, and is still in use by the Union Pacific.