Pittsburg, KS

Discussion in 'Parsons Subdivision' started by Tyler Costantini, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. I recently purchased property in Pittsburg, KS that has a former Frisco right of way along the edge. From what i read the track is part of the Parsons Subdivision the track ran from Pittsburg, KS to Litchfield, KS then to Mindenmines, MO. I would like to know what mile post my property is along and when track was decommissioned. If possible any information about the decommissioning process, mainly where the rails removed or are they just burred under the overgrowth? where their any signals signal houses etc?

    The address is 1326 E 14th Pittsburg, KS you can easily see the property in a satellite view it's on the east side of the right of way and forms sort of a triangle shape narrow by the road and opens up to the south. I can provide more details of needed.

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  2. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I grew up over the border in Lamar, MO, and went to school at Pittstate so I know the area pretty well.
    There's other guys on here that have more info than I do, but here is what I can tell you:
    The Parsons Sub Split off of the Ash Grove Sub at Arcadia, KS and went south to Mindenmines, then curved southwest into Pittsburg. This stretch was pulled up in the 50's I think. I have a 1952 time table that still lists it in service, but any activity on this stretch was scheduled as needed as extra traffic.
    Going out of Pittsburg to the southwest to Cherokee KS where the line intersected the Afton sub. This stretch of track is still in service with the SKOL.
    Going west out of Cherokee, the line went on west to Parsons. I think this part of the line was in use up into the 70's until the ordinance plant was shut down. This stretch would have been pulled up shortly after that. Let me know if I got that part wrong.
    Going west out of Parsons, the line went on down to Cherryvale and met the Witchita sub. I think this stretch of track was pulled up pretty early (1930's maybe?)
    I'll attach a couple screen shots for you, but I highly recommend you set up google earth on your computer. It is the best tool for looking at things like this. Check out the link below.

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  3. Thanks for the overlay i will add it to Google Earth. I purchased some satellite imagery from 1973 of the Pittsburg area and it was very hard to tell if the line was still their at that time. I have found some aerial imagery from 1958 that shows the line still in place but it's hard to tell if it was in use. Just trying to find some information before spring when we get the metal detectors out and see wat we can find along the line.

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  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I forgot to include this link last night. https://www.historicaerials.com/viewer
    If you go to pittsburg you can access that 1958 aerial photo, as well as topography maps that are helpful. You can move around and zoom in and out.
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  5. Thank's for everything if we find anything cool along the old roadbed i will take pics and post them here.
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  6. bob_wintle

    bob_wintle Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The abandonment of the line from Cherokee had nothing to do with the closing of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. The plant did not officially close until 2008. As a matter of fact Munitions production still exists there to this day.
    Bob Wintle
    Parsons, Ks.
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  7. Here is what the line looks like today looking NE. Ballast is still their and i have found some ties but no sign of any rails at this point. The biggest trees that have grown up in what was once clear are only about 8 - 10" in diameter. If anyone has any more information about this stretch or knows what milepost my location would have been along it would be nice to know. I think we are going to include Frisco signage when we remodel our barn and maybe name the rows in our orchards after things railroad related just to include some of the history in or farm. Thanks for all the info.

    Tyler Costantini

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