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KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge


Amoret Rail Bridge

North Abutment

Photo taken by John Marvig in March 2017


BH Photo #382078



Whipple through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Kansas City Southern Railway
Bates County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1902
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Approach Spans)
- Waddell & Hedrick of Kansas City, Missouri (Consulting Engineers)
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 235.0 ft.
Total length: 385.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.19791, -94.58064   (decimal degrees)
38°11'52" N, 94°34'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/361593/4228954 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 5
Inventory numbers
No. A 74 in one rail survey
BH 65490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 14, 2015: Added by James Baughn



KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hard to describe that instant realization that I was dealing with something special as I rounded the bend. To add some icing to the cake, the bridge is extremely to access. A road from the north is very clearly publicly maintained; and literally dead ends at the field.

KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is the only (so far) identified rivet-connected Whipple and post-1900 Whipple truss in the United States that I know of. The type is more common in Europe. It is one of the few surviving bridges by Waddell from the brief Waddell and Hedrick era. It is unusual to me that Waddell would designate a Whipple truss in this late period, as he was a proponent of simplicity in truss design.

KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, a Webmaster prediction has come true. Somebody has found a Whipple Truss at this location.

I believe that this is the first Whipple truss that I have ever seen that does not have any counters. It is also unusual as a post 1900 Whipple Truss.