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Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge

Photos 

Looking north

Photo taken by Clark Vance in December 2011

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BH Photo #222386

Map 

Description 

According to this map: http://tacnet.missouri.org/history/state04/jackson3.gif this was the original alignment of the KCS. In 1929 the KCS created a new RoW branching off at Grandview and going NE along Blue Ridge then heading NW east of Swope Park, rejoining the old KCS track at Leeds. Maps after 1930 show this RoW carrying the Frisco "High Line" north of Grandview to the Blue River where it follows the Blue valley to Leeds. The Frisco track from Grandview north to Leeds, including this section, has been abandoned and much of it wiped out by new construction.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Brush Creek on Inactive St. Louis-San Francisco Railway grade
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Abandoned
History
Abandoned since 1967
Railroads
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 67.0 ft.
Total length: 194.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.03838, -94.52622   (decimal degrees)
39°02'18" N, 94°31'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/367909/4322143 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Inventory numbers
Railroad number 11.3
BH 50701 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 16, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added information per forum comment by Dale Rush
  • November 19, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas City Southern Railway"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "railroad", "St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad"
  • December 25, 2011: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

Comments 

Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I don't have exact information, only my memory from living in this area on and off. The 1935 USGS topo gives a good picture of the area as I first remember it 20 years later.

Between Grandview and the yard east of Dodson where it intersected the MoPac there were two stations, Jeffreys (west of Hickman Mills) then Holmes Park. The valley leading from Grandview (1070') down to the Blue River (750') carried this rail and US 71. US 71 crossed under the rail just north of 103rd Street.

In the '60s US 71 was made limited access from 95th Street south past Grandview. I-435 crossed 95th about a mile east of 71 and curved west toward Kansas, crossing 71 between Holmes Park and Jefferys where 435 and a realigned 71 both crossed the Frisco on bridges. Old 71 from 95th to Blue Ridge became known as Hickman Mills Drive.

So, the rail was open circa 1970 with occasional short trains seen parallel to 71 between 95th and 87th. The north side of Grandview had a couple of light industries along the rail and it's possible the quarry along the track north of 95th used it.

Starting in the early '80s I-470 was built east from the 435/71 junction. The junction, which had been congested before, became a true mess. In the early '90s a series of changes and additions were made to the main roads and some of the lesser roads were significantly realigned and portions eliminated. It was around this time that they no longer bridged over the rail. Holmes Park was completely erased. In 1992 the Blue River bridges were replaced and the rail bridge was probably removed at that time. The latest round of construction improved the geometry of the Interstate junction and wiped out the remaining evidence of Jefferys.

TMI I suppose, but lacking official records (which certainly exist in the form of the county highway maps) you'll have to figure the rail was in limited use from Grandview to Melville in 1970 and abandoned by 1985. I hope this helps answer your question.

I'll probably condense, delete, or move this at some future time since it doesn't have much to do with this particular bridge page.

Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2018, by Aaron DeShazo (deshazo317 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, do we know when exactly the Frisco track north from Grandview to Leeds was abandoned?

Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge
Posted July 1, 2018, by Aaron DeShazo (deshazo317 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, do we know when exactly the Frisco track north from Grandview to Leeds was abandoned?

Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge
Posted September 16, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nice information, Dale.

Can you access the information for the rest of this line south to Grandview?

Frisco - Brush Creek Bridge
Posted September 16, 2015, by Dale Rush (rush [at] ecarthage [dot] com)

According to Frisco Bridge Records this was bridge #11.3. Going north to south the bridge consisted of the following:

1.) 6 panel timber pile approach, length 82', max ht. 20'

2.) Thru Plate Girder, length 65', max ht. 33'

3.) 4 panel timber pile approach, length 47, max. ht. 20'

Bridge was retired in 1967 when Frisco obtained trackage rights on the adjacent Missouri Pacific line.