February 11, 2017 -- Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge is an old bridge over Brush Creek approximately two miles west of Riverton, Kansas on old U.S. Route 66 (US-66), now a county road. The bridge is a single-span concrete Marsh arch bridge and is the sole surviving bridge of this type on the entire length of the old "mother road". It was built in 1923 and in constant use through 1960.
A side view of the bridge is available here … http://smu.gs/2kh5F2H
In the year 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed "Route 66" on the bridge for the TLC Television special, "Route 66: Main Street America".
The Rainbow Bridge, was part of a project in the early 1920s to connect the mining communities of Galena, Riverton, and Baxter Springs with a concrete road. The unique and graceful Rainbow Arch design was the brainchild of James Barney Marsh, a bridge designer from Iowa, who patented the concrete and steel truss design in 1912. Marsh spent the next two decades erecting approximately 70 of his Rainbow Arch bridges throughout the Midwest, most of them in Kansas, where approximately 35 still remain.
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