Clark Vance

About Me 

Email: cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Math and Engineering instructor. Long time seeker of lost bridges. Kansas City metro.

Favorite Photos 

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West lattice

RCP&E - Cheyenne River Bridge (Pennington County, South Dakota)
A beautiful geometry.

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Looking SE

Hot Springs Bridge (Fall River County, South Dakota)
Modern replacements in the background

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Recent Updates 

Byrds Creek Bridge (Cumberland County, Tennessee)
7-span stone arch bridge over dam that impounds Byrds Creek on State Highway 419 in Cumberland Mountain State Park
August 19, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: History information
Meadow Street Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Second Creek on Meadow Street
August 12, 2018: Added
QO&KC Waddell "A" Truss Bridge (Clinton County, Missouri)
Waddell "A" through truss bridge over Linn Branch on QO&KC RR, Later county Route D
August 12, 2018: Added
May Avenue Bridge (Oklahoma County, Oklahoma)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Canadian River (Oklahoma River) on Oklahoma City, OK
August 3, 2018: New photos
May Avenue Bridge (Oklahoma County, Oklahoma)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Canadian River (Oklahoma River) on Oklahoma City, OK
August 2, 2018: Added
W Locust Creek Bridge (Sullivan County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over W Locust Creek on Mo 6 E
August 2, 2018: New Street View added
MoPAC Railroad overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Private road on Mo Pac (now UP) RR
August 2, 2018: New photos
Beaver Creek Railroad Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Lost Bridge over Beaver Creek on Fort Smith & Western Railway
August 1, 2018: Added
Mississippi River Headwater Rock Bridge (Clearwater County, Minnesota)
Bridge over Mississippi River on foot path
July 29, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Civilian Conservation Corps"
Johnson Gap Road Overpass (Anderson County, Tennessee)
Timber stringer bridge over CSX Railroad on Johnson Gap Road
July 27, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Open again per comment and NBI 2015.
KCCC&StJ - Liberty Viaduct (E) (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Former Milwaukee Road RR (currently UP?) on Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Interurban
July 26, 2018: New photo
Interurban Road Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost concrete arch bridge over Wildcat Branch on NW Interurban Road in Kansas City
July 26, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Interurban", "Kansas City, Clay County & St. Joseph Railway"
Junction Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Mt Zion Road
July 26, 2018: Added
BNSF Short Creek Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Short Creek on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
QO&KC Smithville Railroad Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Platte River on Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City RR
July 11, 2018: Added
RI Edgerton Junction bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR / Road
July 7, 2018: Added
Mellon Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Platte River on Mellon Bridge Road
July 7, 2018: Added
ATSF Los Animas Bridge (Bent County, Colorado)
Lost Bridge over Arkansas River on ATSF
June 30, 2018: Added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Missouri Pacific Railroad"
Silver Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost Bridge over Silver Creek on US Hwy 166
June 16, 2018: Added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Essay added
Grouse Creek US 166 Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost three-span concrete arch bridge over Grouse Creek and Missouri Pacific RR on US 166
June 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Carrothers & Crouch"
Old US 31 Bridge (Jefferson County, Alabama)
Concrete stringer bridge over an abandoned railroad (CSX) right of way on an abandoned section of US 31
June 5, 2018: New photos
NS - Gibralter Road Overpass (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Gibralter Road on Reading Railroad (NS)
June 4, 2018: New Street View added
NS - Gibralter Road Overpass (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Gibralter Road on Reading Railroad (NS)
June 4, 2018: Added
Old Gibralter Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Schuylkill River on Gibralter Road
June 4, 2018: Added
B&O - Teter Creek Bridge (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Lost Bridge over Teter Creek on B&O Grafton and Belington Branch
May 29, 2018: Added
Laurel Creek Bridge (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Girder bridge over Laurel Creek on County Route 12/8
May 29, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added railroad name
Sans Bois Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned truss bridge over Sans Bois Creek on possible former alignment of OK 2
May 28, 2018: Added
Old OK 2 Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over Abandoned Railroad cut. on Old OK 2.
May 28, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probable location
OK 2 Old Beaver Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on OK 2/OK 31 west of Kinta
May 28, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted replacement
Old OK 2 Canadian River Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Lost Bridge over Canadian River on OK 2
May 28, 2018: Added
Mule Creek Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Mule Creek
May 27, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Probably location
BNSF - Yellowstone River Bridge (Yellowstone County, Montana)
Bridge over Yellowstone River on Railroad
May 26, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Northern Pacific Railroad"
BNSF - Yellowstone River Bridge (Yellowstone County, Montana)
Bridge over Yellowstone River on Railroad
May 26, 2018: New Street View added
CN - East Dubuque Rail Tunnel (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Tunnel under hill with the north portal serving as the lead to east approach to the Dubuque Rail Bridge on CN (former IC) Railway
May 22, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Curved"
RI - Manchester Trafficway Overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Manchester Trafficway on Abandoned Rock Island RR
May 21, 2018: New Street View added
ST - Hoosac Tunnel (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Tunnel under Hoosac Mountains on Pan Am Railways
May 21, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Haunted"
Richmond Avenue Bridge (Bexar County, Texas)
Pony plate girder bridge over San Antonio River on Richmond Avenue
May 7, 2018: New Street View added
Tenth Street Bridge (Cascade County, Montana)
Eight-span open-spandrel arch bridge over the Missouri River on 10th Street in Great Falls
April 25, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete balustrade"
B&O Bollman Truss over Georges Creek (Mineral County, West Virginia)
Bollman through truss bridge over Georges Creek on B&O RR
April 16, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Possible location
MP Deadman Creek (Montgomery County, Kansas)
Deck truss bridge over Deadman Creek on Former MP Railroad
April 14, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "American Bridge Co."
Canadian Pacific Railway Arch (Scranton) (Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over drainage on CPRR
April 12, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad"
Old IL 127 Beaver Creek Bridge (Bond County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Beaver Creek on Former State Route 127 in Greenville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
Stacey Dillard Blvd Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Delaware Creek on Stacey Dillard Blvd
April 7, 2018: Added
Houston Street Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Delaware Creek on Houston St
April 7, 2018: Added
Main Street Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Delaware Creek on Main, St (US 82 Business)
April 7, 2018: Added
Delaware Creek Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over Delaware Creek on Cedar Street and Church St in Clarksville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
FM 909 Delaware Creek Bridge (Red River County, Texas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Delaware Creek on S. Walnut St (FM 909) in Clarksville
April 7, 2018: New Street View added
Unnamed creek Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Culvert bridge over Unnamed creek on W. 6th Avenue (old US 50)
April 7, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"

Recent Comments 

Posted August 19, 2018

The 1903/13 15' quad shows a single track. In 1945 there is a double track. Probably the original single track used the stone piers, the second track went on the concrete extensions, then the original track was scrapped at some time later than 1945. The 1954 7.5' shows the double track ending at Times Beach just before the bridge and a single track continuing toward St. Louis.

Posted August 7, 2018

Creation of the Gardens began in 1956.

Posted August 7, 2018

The "What's Here" button in the edit mode shows this location as completely in LaSalle County.

Posted August 6, 2018

KDOT has past county maps online. The 1987 map shows the road crossing the river, in 1998 the symbol for a gate is on either side of the river, and 2010 shows a gate on the west side and the road ends short of the river on the east.

Posted August 4, 2018

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.

Posted August 3, 2018

I guess more looking may give an answer. I just noticed the NY Street looks like a multi span. Great finials and portal bracing.

Posted August 2, 2018

The buildings have seemingly all disappeared but I think this photo may be the bridge on this page.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/23315?size=_original

Posted July 30, 2018

I added the source James cited to the sources section.

Posted July 29, 2018

The HAER report and a couple of other histories make no mention of a toll.

I don't believe there is currently a "troll" category.

Posted July 29, 2018

Per the article linked below, this is a CCC dam from the '30s with stepping stones on top to make a pedestrian path.

So basically a dam with pedestrian walkway.Certainly noteworthy for a couple of reasons.

Posted July 28, 2018

Some of the original brick deck was reused on the bridge and nearby.

https://yourblvd.com/blog/revisit/rediscovering-yale-st-brid...

Posted July 27, 2018

If you can get to it without entering posted or restricted property. Please post your images here if you take some.

Posted July 21, 2018

Very good news. This is a rare type and should be out where it can be viewed and used.

Hey George--drawbridge
Posted July 18, 2018
Posted July 17, 2018

I hope they kept the original railing look.