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McGowan Bridge

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Approaching on the trail

Photo taken by Clark Vance in February 2013

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BH Photo #247983

Map 

Description 

Built on the McGowan homestead by the The Kansas City, Clay County, and St. Joseph Interurban Railway which started construction in 1911 and opened in 1913. Robert P. Woods of Indianapolis, consulting engineer. Operation ceased in March 1933. 1940 topo shows only the grade, no rails.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Rush Creek on abandoned interurban RR
Location
Liberty, Clay County, Missouri
Status
Preserved as part of the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary
History
Carried interurban rail from 1913 to 1933
Builder
- Robert P. Woods of Indianapolis, Indiana (Consulting Engineer)
Railroads
- Interurban
- Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Railway (KCCC&StJ)
Design
Luten arch
Also called
KCCC&StJ - McGowan Bridge
KCCC&StJ - Rush Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.25102, -94.39195   (decimal degrees)
39°15'04" N, 94°23'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/379893/4345556 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kearney SW
Land survey
T. 51 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 9
Elevation
790 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 52765 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: New photos
  • October 26, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Interurban"
  • October 20, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Other Interurban", "railroad"
  • June 28, 2012: Added by Clark Vance

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