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SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)


Whats Left

A view of the East approach, there was 1 more deck girder before the Through truss started.

Photo taken by Robert


BH Photo #169491


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Arkansas River on former SKOL Railroad, ex-ATSF
Oxford, Sumner County, Kansas
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1902, Destroyed by flooding ca. 2009
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL)
2 x 150' Pratt Through Truss
2 x 50' Concrete Deck Girder
215' Timber Pile Trestle
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 645.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.26995, -97.16277   (decimal degrees)
37°16'12" N, 97°09'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/662897/4126401 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38696 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
  • September 14, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 26, 2009: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Robert - gin-rob [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com


SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Posted April 16, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have the build dates of this structure in my records. I will post them. To me, the bridge appears to be a standardized span

SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford)
Posted April 16, 2018, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The bridge was lost somewhere between 2008-2010, as historic aerials has aerial imagery of the bridge still intact that is dated to 2008. The bridge is gone in the 2010 image. It definitely looks to have been a flood victim, judging by how badly one of the main piers was pushed over. This line seems to have been sold off to the present day SKOL Railroad quite a long time ago. A 1986 ATSF Middle Division Track Chart (KS & OK) does not list this line under ATSF ownership.

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Bridge
Posted July 13, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on the photographs, it appears that this bridge might have been a flood victim. I know that the area, along with other regions of southeast Kansas, had a disastrous flood in 2007.