Photo taken by Robert Elder
BH Photo #110271
Thanks Nathan. That is what I figured, so it is good to get confirmation.
I have no idea how/why, but in mapping my recent Kansas trip, I noticed there were a number of rainbow arch bridges in Kansas that were not categorized as Marsh arches on Bridgehunter.
As far as I know all the rainbow arch bridges in Kansas are Marsh arches. Certainly this one is, as both KHRI listed it as a "Documented" Marsh arch, and my field visit confirmed Marsh design as there is concrete spalling revealing James Marsh's patented double-hinge detail at the end vertical hangers on this bridge.
I did not notice the change. I have always assumed that this is a true Marsh arch, but one would have to see the internal steel to know for sure - or check county records.
Any clue as to why this no longer carries the category "Marsh Arch"?
I misspoke - on my last visit, I purposely drove down the old road, and SHAZZAM! It's still there! The road has been rerouted, and there simply isn't a lot of traffic over it, but the old girl still "shines".
Quiet testimony to halcyon times gone by.
Since 1951 (7 years old) I drove or rode over this bridge in everything from a Farmall "H" tractor, to a '48 Chevy truck, full of wheat or haybales, all my folks' and my cars, and even a motorcycle a time or three.
I LOVED this old bridge; you always knew you were close to the "home place" farm, or were leaving yet again, when you crossed "The Rainbow". Even the old general store in Grove, with it's "Buttercrust Bread" pushbar on the screen door, is gone now - and we are silent witnesses to the Rainbow Bridge.
These photos were taken in late May of 2005. A similar bridge on Hoch Road over Soldier Creek a few miles to the southeast was demolished a few years ago.
Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.
Attachment #1 (image/jpeg; 509,670 bytes)