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