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SWM - Shoal Creek Bridge


Abandoned Shoal Creek Bridge

Looking East

Photo taken by John Marvig in October 2017


BH Photo #408194


Street View 


Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Shoal Creek on Interurban railroad (abandoned)
Lowell, Cherokee County, Kansas
Built 1918
- Interurban
- Southwest Missouri Electric Railway (SWM)
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.05424, -94.70063   (decimal degrees)
37°03'15" N, 94°42'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/348786/4102241 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baxter Springs
Inventory number
BH 49100 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 24, 2015: Updated by Luke: Build date
  • May 4, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Southwest Missouri Electric Railway"
  • September 11, 2013: New Street View added by Robert Elder
  • October 20, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Other Interurban", "railroad"
  • July 14, 2011: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • July 14, 2011: Added by Robert Elder

Related Bridges 



SWM - Shoal Creek Bridge
Posted May 22, 2021, by Darrell W Powers jr (Systemofadown311 [at] outlook [dot] com)


SWM - Shoal Creek Bridge
Posted October 31, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I discovered this bridge a few years ago thanks to Google Maps and Streetview. I am glad to see photographs on here. I have been meaning to visit the bridge but I never got there.

The reflections in the water make an awesome effect.

Shoal Creek Interurban Railroad Bridge
Posted October 24, 2013, by Joshua Durbin (anzio_anney_07_89 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I grew up in Lowell, Kansas, where this bridge is located. It was used as a trolley car bridge that used to run from Galena, Kansas to Treece, Kansas and down into Picher, Oklahoma. There are still two very impressive spans of this bridge left. One in Lowell and it's neighboring town of Baxter Springs. These will always be home to me. It was used to transport lead and zinc ore from Galena, Kansas to the Eagle Picher plant in Picher, Oklahoma.

Shoal Creek Interurban Railroad Bridge
Posted July 15, 2011, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old arch bridge is abandoned. There's a newer I-beam bridge for a county road right next to it.

Shoal Creek Interurban Railroad Bridge
Posted July 14, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nice find. It looks like it's being used for a road.

Any idea what this rail line was called?