single frame: The Rainbow Bridge on Route 66 in Kansas

Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge on Route 66 in Kansas
Canon PowerShot S95

Route 66 passes through exactly one county of Kansas on its way from Missouri to Oklahoma. Kansas makes the most out of its 13 miles of this famed road. I’d tell you more, but I’d rather you go see for yourself!

I will show you one thing: this 1923 March Rainbow Arch bridge, designed by James Marsh. Marsh held the patent on this design. Hundreds of Marsh Arch bridges were built from the 1910s through the 1930s primarily in Iowa and Kansas, but also in a few nearby states. 17 are known to still stand. All of them are in Kansas and only one is not still open to traffic.

This one is still open to traffic, although one way westbound. A new bridge was completed 50 feet away in 1992 to handle modern traffic volumes.

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7 responses to “single frame: The Rainbow Bridge on Route 66 in Kansas”

  1. Jon Avatar

    Now that is a nice bridge.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes it is! It’s nice to be able to really explore it given its low traffic.

  2. analogphotobug Avatar

    Nice….I think we have one in Cincinnati. I’ll have to look into it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh cool – do share here if you find more about it.

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  4. puneybones Avatar

    I love the old bridge photos and the tidbits of history that you provide.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh good! This has been a fun series to put together. At the moment I have bridge posts queued up through Feb. and I think I’ll keep it going into March.

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