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Abandoned UP - West Fire Prairie Creek Bridge

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Abandoned W. Fire Prairie Creek Bridge

West Approach

Photo taken by John Marvig in November 2019

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BH Photo #460464

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Description 

Built using a secondhand turntable. Once served as a spur to a power plant a few miles west.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over West Fire Prairie Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Purchased by Jackson County 2014 for future development
Railroads
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11430, -94.29268   (decimal degrees)
39°06'51" N, 94°17'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/388243/4330256 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87185 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2019: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 11, 2019: Added by John Marvig

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Comments 

Abandoned UP - West Fire Prairie Creek Bridge
Posted November 14, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is very curious. A 1955 aerial view shows this spur is not here, while it appears in a 1963 view. At this time, it crossed the Little Blue River. The Little Blue River was realigned to the west between 1970 and 1990, leaving this bridge to cross West Fire Prairie Creek.

As for the structure, it appears this was a former turntable. I currently have no real way of knowing where the girder came from, or when it was originally fabricated. I would suspect it was fabricated around 1900, although it realistically could've come from anywhere on the Missouri Pacific system.