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.
Location. 37° 39.404′ N, 95° 27.183′ W. Marker is in Chanute, Kansas, in Neosho County. Marker is at the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Little Turkey Creek, on the right when traveling south on Santa Fe Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Santa Fe Park, Chanute KS 66720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Also see . . .
1. Austin Bridge National Register Nomination. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Austin Bridge National Register Nomination Amendment. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Austin Bridge Description at Bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 238 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.