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Brush Creek Rainbow Bridge

Old Route 66 Between Riverton and Baxter Springs, KS

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The Brush Creek Marsh Rainbow Arch bridge is located on the 1926 alignment of Route 66 between Riverton and Baxter, KS. It is the last bridge of this style left on Route 66. This bridge was in constant use from 1926 to 1960.

Using the James B. Marsh Rainbow Arch style the bridge completed in 1923, but the conrete approches to were apparently not finished in the spring of 1924. The bridge is 130 feet long, 20 feet wide with the arhs rising 26 feet.

The later alignment is only a few feet downstream from this spot and a tiny bit of that bridge is seen on the far right in this photo.. This is a favorite photo op for travelers on the Mother Road.

This rather neat sign stands next to the bridge. The bridge was refurbished in the early 1990s. The bottom board says:

Welcome to Kansas
Route 66 13.2 Miles
Tying 66 Together

Photo(s): 2009, 2012