3 votes

KCS - Shreveport Bridge


Center swing span

All photos June 29th 2005

Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar


BH Photo #113024


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Red River on Kansas City Southern Railway in Shreveport
Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Open to traffic
Built 1916
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.51542, -93.74033   (decimal degrees)
32°30'56" N, 93°44'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/430464/3597809 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bossier City
Inventory number
BH 36369 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • February 22, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 12, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 25, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 31, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • February 12, 2014: New photo from Bryce Denny
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 13, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: added street view and map location
  • March 19, 2008: Added by Wayne Kizziar



KCS - Shreveport Bridge
Posted July 3, 2019, by Brien Kautzer (kautzerb [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Original bridge was completed in 1884 by Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad. From the Shreveport Times July 1st 1884 issue “The railroad bridge across Red River is completed, except the painting and the finishing of the apron or wagon way on this side of the river. The under grade plate girder span, on the Shreveport side, is 60 feet. The through spans of which there are two, measuring each 262 feet 8 inches in length. The draw or pivot span is 300 feet and the last, which like the first, is 60 feet on the Bossier side, making 5 spans and a total length, according to these figures, given us yesterday, 925 feet 4 inches. The width of the bridge is 20 feet from centre to centre of trestle and the approaches are laid with Nicholson’s pavement [wood block pine pavers soaked in creosote]. The bridge has a double track wagon road and ample room for foot passengers.”

It was reconstructed in 1916 according to Eric J. Brock in his book "Shreveport in Vintage Postcards" and the undated photo there shows a bridge with flat top spans, not the arched top spans that show in a later post card.

Shreveport Railroad Bridge
Posted December 11, 2012, by Jared Mixson

Judging from the piers I'd say this is the second bridge built here, using the first bridge's supports.

Shreveport Railroad Bridge
Posted November 19, 2008, by James Gentner (JFGentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

I saw this bridge yesterday. Plaque says 1916. I will post pics later once i get them sorted.

Shreveport Railroad Bridge
Posted June 12, 2008, by John Adams

I've read in a Bossier/Caddo Parish History book, that this bridge was built in 1884.