Austin Bridge

Austin Bridge (HM1QJC)

Location: Chanute, KS 66720 Neosho County
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N 37° 39.404', W 95° 27.183'

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The King Bridge Company constructed the Austin Bridge in 1872. The 160-foot bowstring arch design would span the Neosho River east of what is now Chanute. The pioneers invested $15,000 in the bridge for their economic future of getting livestock and crops to the railhead.
In 1910 the bridge was moved down stream to the community of Austin. In 1972 it was closed to vehicular traffic, remaining open to foot traffic. On September 15, 1977 the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In August of 1999 the bridge was moved into Santa Fe Park to become the southern terminus of a 3.11-mile hike/bike path. A Federal grant, Neosho County and City of Chanute supplied funding for the project.
The Santa Fe Railroad enlarged a natural lake as a water source for their steam engines in 1911. The Santa Fe Railroad gave the lake, adjacent land, and the 762 Steam Engine to the City. Additional acreage was secured to create Santa Fe Park.
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Date Added Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 283611 N 4170560
Decimal Degrees37.65673333, -95.45305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.404', W 95° 27.183'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 24.24" N, 95° 27' 10.98" W
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Area Code(s)620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2208 S Santa Fe Ave, Chanute KS 66720, US
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