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BSNF - Rulo Bridge



The Rulo Railroad bridge parallels the Rulo Highway (US 159) Bridge over the Missouri River in Rulo, NE. For more info about the Rulo Highway Bridge, see Rulo Highway Bridge photos/info.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Warren through truss bridge over Missouri River on BNSF Railroad in Rulo
Rulo, Richardson County, Nebraska, and Holt County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1887; truss sections replaced with new trusses in 1977 but retaining original piers
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Polygonal Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05444, -95.42083   (decimal degrees)
40°03'16" N, 95°25'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293511/4436608 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 36394 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • October 8, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 18, 2011: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 24, 2008: Added by James McCray

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Rulo Railroad Bridge
Posted March 26, 2008, by Dylan (dylanlagermurray [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As is probably well known, the Rulo highway bridge was featured near the end of the 1970's movie Paper Moon. It was portrayed as a bridge connecting Kansas to Missouri near St. Joseph (Ryan and Tatum O'Neal needed to escape from Kansas to Missouri due to legal entanglements). Of course, Rulo is nowhere near St. Joseph, and the bridge actually connects the far southeastern corner of Nebraska to Missouri. Interesting Rulo fact: The unnamed, unmarked paved road that heads south out of town connects directly into Kansas Route 7 ("K-7") upon entering Kansas, which is a road that roughly runs along the Missouri River initially, down to the Kansas City area, and then through a convoluted route ultimately runs all the way to the southern border of Kansas west of Joplin.