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BNSF - Eudora Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in July 2016


BH Photo #367059


In 1917 two people were killed in separate incidents by striking the bridge, an engineer while hanging off the train looking for a noise and a brakeman climbing a ladder to the top of a caboose.


Pratt through truss bridge over Wakarusa River on Atchson Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1897, Abutments Rebuilt 1936
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Eight panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 163.0 ft.
Total length: 237.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Eudora Bridge
BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
ATSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94869, -95.11136   (decimal degrees)
38°56'55" N, 95°06'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/317033/4313202 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45505 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added likely builder based on 1897 ATSF bridge program
  • October 26, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Updated information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • October 11, 2016: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • September 1, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Some history added
  • June 15, 2010: Added by Robert Elder

Related Bridges 



BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted October 19, 2017, by Joe (jw72184 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know the owners of the property surrounding it, they would prefer no one trespass on their land, however if one is willing to paddle up from the Eudora boat docks it is quite easy to get to. The cross under the bridge was a pet.

BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I LOVE it! How did you get back to it on foot? Certainly something I would love to add some photos to.

BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that Douglas County and Linn County are the only counties in the eastern third of Kansas without a single highway truss bridge within their borders, although Linn County does have a Marsh arch. Douglas County only has a couple stone arches, a few tee beans and perhaps a couple rigid frames, and maybe a concrete through girder or two. In other words, this is probably the only truss bridge in the county.

BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

The cross in the ground under the bridge was particularly disturbing.....

BNSF - Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Nick Schmiedeler

This particular bridge extremely difficult to reach by foot, but worth the trek. Neat old solid piece of engineering.

Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Wakarusa River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is surrounded by private property. Bing Bird's Eye has some great views of the bridge however.

The bridge has unique top panels. These panels feature diagonal members like other Pratt trusses, but the top panels are also subdivided by an additional brace that is perpendicular to the top chords. Bird's Eye shows this very well.