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Canadian River Wagon Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #114997


Street Views 


Twenty-one span through truss bridge over Canadian River on US 60/US 83 at Canadian
Hemphill County, Texas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1916 by the Canton Bridge Co.; four additional spans added 1923; bypassed by new bridge in 1953; rehabilitated and opened to pedestrian traffic in 2000
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia (1923 Spans) [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Original Spans)
Twenty-one, 7-panel, pin-connected Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 155.0 ft.
Total length: 3,255.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.93564, -100.37146   (decimal degrees)
35°56'08" N, 100°22'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/376289/3977679 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Canadian East
Inventory number
BH 36690 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 30, 2013: New photos from John Scruggs
  • April 16, 2012: New photo from Dan Crawford
  • April 10, 2012: Updated by Dan Crawford: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 4, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • June 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • June 10, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record



Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Posted July 3, 2018, by kevin acosta (kcas2s [at] yahoo [dot] com)

high definition photo of this bridge, fully restored, is available on Canadian River page of Wikipedia. Someone more familiar with this site can probably upload, be sure to give credit of this pic to photographer Bill Hathorn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_River#/media/File:Woo...

Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Posted October 30, 2013, by John Scruggs (johnscruggs[at]j-kj[dot]com)

Just to answer the how many spans question .... In May of 2012 one span could easily cross the river. I'm sure that's the way it is most of the time. I'm also sure there are times when the river is much, much wider.

Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Posted August 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is the longest pin-connected truss in Texas. I wonder how it ranks in the country?

Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Posted August 12, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That is one crazy long bridge. Would like to know how many spans are actually over the river!

Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Posted August 12, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Would be great if someone would post a pic or two of this bridge all restored. Texas and Oklahoma has quite a collection of long multispan pony and thru trusses, most of which are still standing as shown on this site.