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James Street Bridge



BH Photo #103246



In 1942 the bridge was raised six feet to improve passage of flood waters. The bridge was raised with federal money but there was a dispute about whether the city or county should pay to raise the approaches.


Lost through truss bridge over Kansas River on N. James Street in Kansas City
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Replaced by a new bridge on the existing piers of the old bridge
Replaced 1987
- Metropolitan Street Railway Co. (Met)
- Streetcar
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 290.0 ft.
Total length: 890.0 ft.
Also called
N. James Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11147, -94.61656   (decimal degrees)
39°06'41" N, 94°36'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/360235/4330390 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 25 E., Sec. 10
Inventory number
BH 18692 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 10, 2014: Updated by Chris Knight: Added Superstructure replaced as the new bridge was built on the old piers.
  • April 5, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories and Number of Main Spans.
  • July 3, 2006: Posted new photos



James Street Bridge
Posted July 25, 2019, by Danny J Parker (danparker66109 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1880's James Street bridge 1st Bridge

James Street Bridge
Posted July 25, 2019, by Danny J Parker (danparker66109 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The lost through truss bridge over the Kansas River at James Street is actually the 2nd of 3 bridges to cross at this location. The first was built around 1880 and fell victim to the 1903 flood, along with nearly all Kansas River bridges at the time. This 2nd bridge was built as a replacement in the 1903 or 04 timeline. The rest of the description is correct it was raised 6 feet just before the flood of 1951, and survived until 1987 when it was replaced by the 3rd bridge. A special note all three bridges have used the same center pier it is still seen today. Attached is the photos of the 1880's bridge and the 2nd bridge.

N. James Street Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
James Street Bridge
Posted August 11, 2008, by Remick Renee Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)

I believe that the old bridge, the lost truss bridge on the post card, was used to transport the interurban Kansas City, Leavenworth, & Western Rwy, before its demise in the late 1930s. Does anyone know where to get more info on Kansas City's interurban railroads? Traction railroads are another new interest for me, and I would like to find more about a particular city or location.