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Valkommen Trail - Smoky Hill River Bridge


Looking north.

Photo taken by Robert Elder in August 2002


BH Photo #111691



Through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on Valkommen Trail.
Lindsborg, McPherson County, Kansas
Open to pedestrians & bicyclists
- Kansas Pacific Railway (KP)
- Rail-to-trail
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Triple-intersection lattice through truss
Also called
KP -Smoky Hill River Bridge
UP - Smoky Hill River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.56569, -97.67133   (decimal degrees)
38°33'56" N, 97°40'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/615754/4269418 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36247 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2017: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Union Pacific Railroad", "Kansas Pacific Railway"
  • July 2, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated "Carries".
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • May 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates and Edited Future Prospects. Bridge is being preserved as a pedestrian bridge.
  • February 27, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated "Design"
  • February 11, 2008: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted July 2, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have updated this page to reflect that the bridge now carries a pedestrian/bike trail. The rail line was abandoned and converted into a trail. I will let the railfans on here determine the appropriate rail company.

Smoky Hill River Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, this bridge has only five photos that have been started out with. Photos of this bridge shall include underneath, the river view, and different kinds of details on the bridge.