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James Street Bridge

Photos 

Postcard

BH Photo #103246

Map 

Description 

In 1942 the bridge was raised six feet to improve passage of flood waters. The bridge was raised with federal money but there was a dispute about whether the city or county should pay to raise the approaches.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Kansas River on N. James Street in Kansas City
Location
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge on the existing piers of the old bridge
History
Replaced 1987
Railroads
- Metropolitan Street Railway Co. (Met)
- Streetcar
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 290.0 ft.
Total length: 890.0 ft.
Also called
N. James Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11147, -94.61656   (decimal degrees)
39°06'41" N, 94°36'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/360235/4330390 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 25 E., Sec. 10
Inventory number
BH 18692 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2014: Updated by Chris Knight: Added Superstructure replaced as the new bridge was built on the old piers.
  • April 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories and Number of Main Spans.
  • July 3, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

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

Comments 

N. James Street Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
James Street Bridge
Posted August 11, 2008, by Remick Renee Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)

I believe that the old bridge, the lost truss bridge on the post card, was used to transport the interurban Kansas City, Leavenworth, & Western Rwy, before its demise in the late 1930s. Does anyone know where to get more info on Kansas City's interurban railroads? Traction railroads are another new interest for me, and I would like to find more about a particular city or location.