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SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)


Whats Left

A view of the East approach, there was 1 more deck girder before the Through truss started.

Photo taken by Robert


BH Photo #169491

Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Arkansas River on former SKOL Railroad, ex-ATSF
Oxford, Sumner County, Kansas
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1902, Destroyed by flooding ca. 2009
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL)
2 x 150' Pratt Through Truss
2 x 50' Concrete Deck Girder
215' Timber Pile Trestle
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 645.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.26995, -97.16277   (decimal degrees)
37°16'12" N, 97°09'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/662897/4126401 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38696 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • April 16, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
  • September 14, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 26, 2009: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Robert - gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com
  • Luke


SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Posted October 27, 2021, by Bryce Hale (showmestarfire90 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Dylan,the Wellington-Chanute,KS line was part of the ATSF's Eastern Division which is why it isn't on your track chart. This was one of three lines sold to the SKOL on December 28th, 1990.

SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Posted April 16, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have the build dates of this structure in my records. I will post them. To me, the bridge appears to be a standardized span

SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Posted April 16, 2018, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The bridge was lost somewhere between 2008-2010, as historic aerials has aerial imagery of the bridge still intact that is dated to 2008. The bridge is gone in the 2010 image. It definitely looks to have been a flood victim, judging by how badly one of the main piers was pushed over. This line seems to have been sold off to the present day SKOL Railroad quite a long time ago. A 1986 ATSF Middle Division Track Chart (KS & OK) does not list this line under ATSF ownership.

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Bridge
Posted July 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on the photographs, it appears that this bridge might have been a flood victim. I know that the area, along with other regions of southeast Kansas, had a disastrous flood in 2007.