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Route 66 Brush Creek Bridge

   


Route 66 Brush Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 7, 2016
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Historic US-66 Over Brush Creek
Location
Rural: Cherokee County, Kansas
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Maxwell Construction Company of Columbus, Kansas and Engineer/Design: Marsh Engineering Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
130 Feet (39.6 Meters)
Structure Length
133 Feet (40.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
110630

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In terms of bridges, and bridges in Kansas, this Marsh arch bridge is one of Kansas' impressive collection of Marsh rainbow arch bridges. Built in 1923, it is also one of the oldest surviving examples of this bridge type in the state. This bridge is also notable as a historic bridge on Historic Route 66. Historic Route 66 only enters Kansas for a few miles, but in that short distance it is interesting to note that travelers are treated to the one historic bridge type that is so uniquely Kansas: no other state boasts as many surviving rainbow arch bridges (Marsh type or otherwise) as Kansas does. Indeed, this is the only rainbow arch bridge on the entirety of Historic Route 66.

This bridge is on a very short (less than a mile) section of Historic Route 66 that remains open to vehicular traffic, but for all intents and purposes has been bypassed by a new alignment, with a modern bridge located nearby carrying the majority of non-tourist traffic.

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