Rainbow Bridge

Baxter Springs, Kansas

KansasRoadside Attraction

The Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas. is an old bridge that spans over Brush Creek on Route 66. Technically called a “single-span concrete Marsh arch bridge” the more common moniker “rainbow bridge” is both prettier and simpler to say. The bridge was built in 1923 and was used until 1960. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 10, 1983, and consequently restored in 1994.

This type of bridge was designed by James Barney Marsh who patented the concrete and steel truss design in 1912. Many similar bridges were built across the country, including two others in Kansas: the Spring River bridge and the Willow Creek bridge.

Those two and others have since been dismantled, leaving the Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs as the only one of its type that has survived on the former Route 66.

Visitors can drive through the Kansas Route 66 attraction and also pull over onto the gravel on the far end to take a stroll over the bridge for photos. Be sure to look down to find some famed shield logos printed on the road!

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction

Rainbow Bridge

Address:
Rainbow Bridge, SE Beasley Rd, Baxter Springs, KS 66713

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction
Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction
Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction
Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction
Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction
Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Landmark and Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, Kansas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Watch for traffic! You can both drive and walk across this bridge, so if you hop out of the car to take photos, keep a lookout for oncoming vehicles.
  • The bridge has a weight limit of 10 tons, so be sure your vehicle fits this requirement before proceeding.
  • Turn off of Route 66 on SE 50th Street to access Rainbow R. After you cross the bridge there is a small area on Beasley Road where you can park your car to take photos.

Where to Stay Near Rainbow Bridge

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these hotels near this Kansas Route 66 roadside attraction.

Boots Court Motel

The Boots Motel in Carthage, Missouri opened in 1939. This historic Route 66 motor hotel hosted actor Clark Gable numerous times.

Stay on 66

With only 13 miles of road, there aren’t too many motels on Kansas Route 66. Stay on 66 fills a need with boutique B&B experiences. With properties like the The Old Riverton Post B&B in Riverton and The Mollie Retreat on Route 66 in Galena, you have warm options if you want to spend the night in Kansas.

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The Mollie Retreat on Route 66

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