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Chanute in Neosho County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Austin Bridge

 
 
Austin Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 16, 2016
1. Austin Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1999.
 
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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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Santa Fe Park, Chanute KS 66720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osage City (within shouting distance of this marker); Chanute Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Octave Chanute and "The Problem of The Ages" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Octave Chanute and the Founding of the Town of Chanute (approx. 1.7 miles away); Octave Chanute's Progress in Flying Machines (approx. 1.7 miles away); Thoughts on a Successful Flying Machine (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chanute.
 
Also see . . .
1. Austin Bridge National Register Nomination. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Austin Bridge National Register Nomination Amendment. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Austin Bridge Description at Bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Austin Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 16, 2016
2. Austin Bridge and Marker
Looking northwest
Austin Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 16, 2016
3. Austin Bridge
Santa Fe Railway Steam Locomotive 762 at Santa Fe Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., January 16, 2016
4. Santa Fe Railway Steam Locomotive 762 at Santa Fe Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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