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MP - Clayton Drawbridge (1909)


Tensas River railroad bridge

Swing span bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #284458


Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Tensas River on Missouri Pacific Railroad
Clayton, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, and Concordia Parish, Louisiana
No longer exists
Built 1909
- A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri (Erection)
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Fabrication)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
Deck plate girder swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.72383, -91.54567   (decimal degrees)
31°43'26" N, 91°32'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/637786/3510744 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ferriday North
Inventory number
BH 61111 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: Updated by Luke: Builders
  • May 31, 2014: Updated by Patrick Feller: Added category "Tensas River"
  • May 30, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Fixed location
  • May 30, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 



MoPac - Tensas River Bridge
Posted December 18, 2014, by Douglas Butler

This is the evidence a photo of a Tensas River Railroad Bridge.

MoPac - Tensas River Bridge
Posted May 31, 2014, by Douglas

Look Mr Failer I have been studying bridges for the past 13 years everybody makes mistakes so get of my back!!

MoPac - Tensas River Bridge
Posted May 30, 2014, by Anonymous

As for photos. Something's better than nothing. You want better photos, go get them yourself.

MoPac - Tenas River Bridge
Posted May 30, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

(Condensing two posts into one.

Image #1: Topo map screencap showing railroad line in Clayton

Image #2: Google Books screencap showing that further providing evidence of a line

"The new (LA15) span was built over the footprint of an abandoned railroad line nearby"


MoPac - Tenas River Bridge
Posted May 30, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

What evidence is there for the existence and location of this bridge? As I type this, you have it going over Big Lake, not the river, which, if it matters, is spelled Tensas, not Tenas. Couldn't we do some homework before we post these bridges? How about quality instead of quantity of listings... and "photos"?