They would have parked the stone filled cars on the bridge when the flood was predicted to reduce the chance that a span is pushed off of its pier.
|Third photo posted by Brian Wunderlick|
Topeka Ks, July 1951 CRIP bridge pier failure over the Kansas River
Chad Henton The bridge and the cars are still in the river to this day. River is very low right now, easily seen.
Chad Henton The south half of the current bridge seen on the left side of this photo is still in use( built in 1904), the two spans seen failing here where replaced after this photo.
|Dylan Edwards Flickr, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)|
This area is in the planning stages of becoming Topeka's Riverfront Park.
[Currently, it is rip-rap on the side of a levee on which River Road is built.]