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ATSF - Branch of Clear Creek Bridge


Marion RR Bridge

In all its glory. It carries a communication cable.

Photo taken by Cindy Gibson Apr 2011


BH Photo #198061

Street View 


Wooden bridge over a drainage ditch on ATSF RR in Marion
Marion, Marion County, Kansas
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Timber stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.34875, -97.02544   (decimal degrees)
38°20'56" N, 97°01'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672545/4246356 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 19 S., R. 4 E., Sec. 31
1310 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48017 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 25, 2011: New photos from Clark Vance
  • February 5, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo map info
  • February 5, 2011: Added by Sheldon Wiens


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  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Branch of Clear Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Sometimes looking at aerial photos and street views is a great way to discover interesting, historical bridges. The concrete arches on the Arkansas Valley Interurban are a good example.

The final decision about historical significance comes after further research, either looking at historical documents or a field visit. I am grateful to Cindy for getting these pictures for me on her visit last spring. This particular crossing doesn't amount to much but following up on this rail line may lead to other better finds.

Branch of Clear Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1971 Marion, KS topo shows it as a branch of the ATSF that terminated at the OK, KS & TX line still running through town. The line runs west where it crosses a diversion channel about a half mile west then the North Cottonwood River another two miles west of there. Neither of the bridges looks interesting from the google sat view.

Branch of Clear Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Interesting find. Looking at Bing Maps, it appears to be an abandoned railroad right of way.