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Leavenworth Terminal Bridge


Overall View Of Bridge And Missouri River. View To South

These photos from the Historic American Engineering Record were taken July 1985 by Clayton B. Fraser

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #123784



Lost through truss swing bridge over the Missouri River on Chicago & North Western Railway at Leavenworth
Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and Platte County, Missouri
Built 1892-94 under the direction of George S. Morison for about $300,000; dedicated Jan. 2, 1894
- George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Swing Pratt through truss
Total length: 1,100.0 ft.
Also called
Leavenworth Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31711, -94.90753   (decimal degrees)
39°19'02" N, 94°54'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/335557/4353701 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 17930 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2015: New photo from Mark Frazier
  • October 31, 2009: New photo from Brian Long
  • September 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 14, 2005: Posted new photos


  • HAER KS-6 - Leavenworth Bridge
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Brian Long
  • Douglas Butler
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com


Leavenworth Railroad Bridge
Posted October 31, 2009, by Brian Long (railbuff652 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is a display where the tracks used to come off of the bridge on the Leavenworth side. The bridge tender's building, which was later converted into the Chicago Great Western depot, appears to be in the same location. I posted a current photo of the bridge location in the photo section.

Leavenworth Railroad Bridge
Posted June 22, 2009, by Greg (gbh2000 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Additional note: The line was abandoned because of Rock Island's bankrupcy and the C&NW purchased their Des Moines to Kansas City route which was much more efficient and is still in use today.

Leavenworth Railroad Bridge
Posted September 25, 2005, by Damen Winslow (brfts2001 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was torn down in the late 80's when the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad abandoned the line into Leavenworth.