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UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2


Scan from Union Pacific Calendar


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BH Photo #284397



Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on Railroad
Marshall County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built here 1973
- Grosshans & Petersen, Inc. of Marysville, Kansas (Substructure)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.86087, -96.65606   (decimal degrees)
39°51'39" N, 96°39'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/700493/4414944 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54999 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2019: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge typeóthis is a Pratt through truss.
  • May 22, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 10, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added substructure builder & build date
  • December 25, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2
Posted May 22, 2019, by Luke

There's 4 links to newspapers.com in the sources on this page.

The two 1973 pics go to entry #1, the 1974 ones showing 2 trusses go on this one.

Thanks in advance.

UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2
Posted May 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, let me know what you need and I'll take care of it.

UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2
Posted May 21, 2019, by Luke

Hey Melissa, while you were gone I found an info trove that you might be able to help with!

Good to have your back, missed the finds you were making!

UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2
Posted May 11, 2019, by John Marvig

I would be curious as to where the span came from. Best I can guess is itís a late 1910s or 1920s span that was either replaced or abandoned and sent here.

UP - Big Blue River Bridge #2
Posted May 10, 2019, by Luke

Found a build date, but the truss seems clearly relocated.

Sadly the best images are on Newspapers.com, and Melissa hasn't posted in ages.

KSHS has some stuff, but I'm nowhere near Kansas.