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UP - Delaware River Bridge



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Two-span skewed through truss railroad bridge over the Delaware River on Union Pacific Railroad
Perry, Jefferson County, Kansas
Open to two-track railroad traffic
Built 1905, Second Span Added 1926
- American Bridge Co. of New York (1905 Span)
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia (1926 Span) [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Baltimore through truss
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.07418, -95.40361   (decimal degrees)
39°04'27" N, 95°24'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/292071/4327758 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 17822 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2017: New photos from Mark Brown
  • September 6, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 30, 2011: Updated by Robert Elder: Added to Flared category.
  • March 12, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Street View
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added GPS Coordinates.
  • November 10, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories.


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mark Brown - markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


UP - Delaware River Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Kerry Grandstaff (lonewolfltd45 [at] aol [dot] com)

I have great memories I hold close of this R/R bridge. My Grandad and I would walk to the bridge and go out and climb down to sit on the cement footer, he would hold my hand as I was just a little kid. He would talk of "his" times, struggles and memories. He worked for the UPRR from some time in the thirties to the early seventies. He grew up in Perry Ks. moved to western Ks. and then moved back to Perry when he retired. One story I remember is how he skipped school to watch them set this bridge, only to be met by his teacher and classmates that came to watch also. I know that he would walk from town to this bridge sometimes two or three times a day, he loved the trains.

Perry Railroad Bridge
Posted May 30, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good catch - that bridge has similar endposts to this one. Might have to do some research on this one...

Perry Railroad Bridge
Posted May 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks similar to another one that was recently mentioned on the BH forum:


Definitely a couple of unique spans that should be retained.

Perry Railroad Bridge
Posted May 30, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bing Maps has some great Bird's Eye imagery of this bridge. In addition to being skewed, it is also flared, thus I have updated the bridge accordingly. It is definitely a peculiar one!

Perry Railroad Bridge
Posted August 21, 2007, by jaun blinkenstaff (cougar70 [at] swbell [dot] net)

There should be no pedestrians or auto traffic, this is a train bridge!

Perry Railroad Bridge
Posted August 30, 2005, by David Warriner (chiefdist2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Narrow and poorly maintained this bridge is a hazard to vehicles and pedestrians that venture to cross. Owned and operated by Union Pacific more that 60 frieght trains pass each day many with hazmat materials most with coal.