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UP - Rio Grande Bridge (N)


Overall View of Bridge, Looking North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #139641

Street View 


Deck truss bridge over the Rio Grande on Railroad (UP, nee SP & EPSW)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, and Dona Ana County, New Mexico
Open to traffic
Built 1917
- El Paso & Southwestern Railroad (EP&SW)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pratt deck truss with deck plate girder approaches
Length of largest span: 117.1 ft.
Total length: 1,152.0 ft.
Also called
SP Rio Grande Bridge (N)
EPSW Rio Grande Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.78868, -106.52690   (decimal degrees)
31°47'19" N, 106°31'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/355438/3518027 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 240720000104015 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 20, 2020: New photo from Glenn Celerier
  • October 28, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 19, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: updated design, dimensions, added street view
  • May 2, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge information updated.


  • Rick Mattioni
  • HAER TX-78 - El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Rio Grande Bridge, Spanning Rio Grande at Southwestern Railroad, El Paso, El Paso County, TX
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Glenn Celerier - celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


UP - Rio Grande Bridge (N)
Posted March 24, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm thinking the pin connected trusses on this span are more of an 1890s design, not 1917. Thoughts?