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Frisco - Sac River Bridge

Photos 

Looking east to former bridge location from Route 123 crossing. Bridge piers still intact but deck and right-of-way removed

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in May 2009

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BH Photo #140341

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Sac River on former Frisco Railroad in Aldrich
Location
Aldrich, Polk County, Missouri
Status
Lost
History
Abandoned by Frisco Railroad for parallel "Highline" route, and removed with the creation of Lake Stockton
Railroads
- Kansas City, Clinton & Springfield Railway (KCC&S)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Deck plate girder
Also called
Frisco - Aldrich Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.53597, -93.54686   (decimal degrees)
37°32'10" N, 93°32'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/451686/4154472 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aldrich
Elevation
873 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 42576 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Kansas City, Clinton & Springfield Railway"
  • April 6, 2017: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: moved pin
  • February 26, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: added GPS coordinates
  • May 17, 2009: Added by Nathan Morton

Sources 

  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan

Comments 

Frisco - Sac River Bridge
Posted August 16, 2017, by LARRY MURPHY (larrymurf37 [at] gmail [dot] com)

At one time, bridge was a steel through truss. North approach was a timber trestle with about a 16-17 bents. I have a picture of south bound train on the trestle if any one is interested.

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Frisco - Sac River Bridge
Posted April 23, 2017, by John (johntherogger [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is actually the KCCS line, which was sold to Frisco who combined it with their existing line formally known as the "Blair Line".

The Blair ran from Belton near KC through Harrisonville, LaTour, Clinton and bounced by the KCCS all the way until just north of here where the Blair continued south to Springfield and the KCCS went west to connect in Ash Grove.

When Frisco bought them both, they combined sections of the KCCS and their line and made the "highline", then abandoned portions of both the Blair and the KCCS where they didn't need access anymore.

Finally Frisco abandoned the whole thing in favor of the Truman Lake. Too much money for the amount of bridges needed and they could run trains through the Fort Scott branch into Springfield.

Fun facts:

1. President Harry Truman rode on this line before it was closed

2. Ash Grove is where the connection from Fort Scott is, ironically, considering they abandoned that section!

3. The KCCS had a nickname too, "Leaky Roof", because it was so cheap and the cars hardly ever carried anything but clay, so the roof's leaked. It angered a local Flour farmer because his flour would get wet, so he hauled the flour by tractor to the competitor line to have it shipped!