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ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge


Ninemile Creek Bridge

Thousands of photos by Tedd Liggett at http://teddliggett.smugmug.com/

Photo taken by Tedd Liggett in 1979


BH Photo #253519


This is a double brick arch with stone spandrel walls.

yeah !!! 

Written by Tedd Liggett

I am the Original phOTOGRAPH_oF_tHE_dAY and photographed the ATSF Ninemile Creek Bridge southwest of Lansing in Leavenworth Kanss in the summer of 1979. The original photog was clicked from a Polaroid SX-70 folding Land Camera.


Abandoned brick arch bridge over Ninemile Creek on Abandoned ATSF RR
Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Brick arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.22076, -94.91465   (decimal degrees)
39°13'15" N, 94°54'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/334717/4343021 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 9 S., R. 22 E., Sec. 36
Inventory number
BH 56219 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 18, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Stone-and-Brick Arch"
  • May 12, 2013: Essay added by Tedd Liggett
  • May 12, 2013: New photo from Clark Vance
  • May 11, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway", "railroad"

Related Bridges 



ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

John - little late on this reply - parked in cul-de-sac to the NE, and walked through open lands to SW until I came to it, basically followed the creek

ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2016, by John Marvig


How did you get back to this bridge? It's also on my radar to hit.

I don't believe I was the one who added the 1884 date. I will take a look and see when the rail line was built..there was a lack of pilings under the arch in Levanworth, which leads me to believe that it may be the original bridges at these locations.

ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have not found anything definitive. I recall somebody claiming 1884 for the two bridges on this line, but I have not been able to verify that date.

This is a beauty! I would hate for it to meet the wrecking ball. Thankfully, its counterparts in Leavenworth has been receiving some recognition.

ATSF - Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

Found this one today in Lansing, KS. A real beauty. Curious if research uncovered possible construction date, Robert Elder?

ATSF Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted May 13, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We now have two very similar brick arch bridges within a few miles of each other on the ATSF Railroad.

There were railroads in eastern Kansas prior to the Civil War. Naturally, a large number of bridges at that time would have been built of wood.

Brick arches were used during the Civil War era, so I would be interested to find out whether or not these two bridges could date from that period.

Another research project to add to my list...

AT&SF Ninemile Creek Bridge
Posted May 11, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Major hat tip to Tedd Liggett for sending me a picture and the location of this one.


It shows up in Bing bird's eye: