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UP - Red River Bridge


From the Oklahoma Side

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in July 2009


BH Photo #144049


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Red River on a railroad line, just east of U.S. 69/75 highway
Grayson County, Texas, and Bryan County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Built 1890; Two spans lost to flooding 1908 & replaced; Substructure rebuilt 1916-7; Southernmost truss damaged by a derailment & replaced w/relocated DPGs mid-1950s
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Four span through truss
Also called
MKT - Red River Bridge
Frisco - Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.82355, -96.53148   (decimal degrees)
33°49'25" N, 96°31'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/728459/3745332 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Denison Dam
Inventory number
BH 36647 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 20, 2020: New photo from Glenn Celerier
  • June 24, 2018: New photo from tim allman
  • October 23, 2017: New photos from tim allman
  • November 14, 2016: New photos from tim allman
  • November 5, 2015: New photo from Albert Johnston
  • July 2, 2014: New photos from Beth Wieland
  • February 21, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped
  • August 1, 2009: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • May 24, 2008: Added by Max Johnson


  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Beth Wieland
  • Albert Johnston - asjohnston3 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • tim allman - wcswngdncr [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Glenn Celerier - celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


UP - Red River Bridge
Posted August 3, 2021, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The last photo displayed (BH Photo #486446) identified "ca 1911 post card" is not the MKT RR bridge. It is of the 1890 Wagon Bridge (aka Colbert Toll Bridge) located about a mile downstream destroyed in the May and June 1908 flood which also damaged the railroad bridge. The caption "M K & T RR Bridge, Red River, Denison Tex" was stamped on existing local post card stocks in the wake of the flooding. Pre flood images of the railroad bridge are very rare.

UP - Red River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2015, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Albert -

That bridge has a long history of destruction, damage and repair.

The derailment was in the mid 1950s (I have a detailed account and photos) and damaged the southernmost through truss which was replaced by the pair of deck plate girders there now. The girders have a builder's plate dated 1911. I don't know where they were originally but from about 1940 to 1955 were located on Shawnee Creek on the now abandoned spur used in construction Denison Dam and the powerhouse.

The debris below the northernmost through truss was from attempt to prevent the bridge washing away in a major flood in 1915 where several cars were loaded with coal and placed on the bridge.

In the spring of 1908 the three southernmost through trusses were completely destroyed by flooding and replaced by the mismatched set, only two of which now remain. The two northernmost through trusses survived the 1908 flood but the concrete piers and northernmost abutment were rebuilt about 1916/17. There is a date embossed on the underside.

At low water you can see the cut stones of the original piers.

The original bridge was completed in 1872 and I have a couple of photos attributed to it. About 1890 it was completely rebuilt and raised several feet.

UP - Red River Bridge
Posted November 4, 2015, by Albert Johnston (asjohnston3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I stopped to photograph this bridge in late October of this year. (2015) I spoke to a Union Pacific employee who happened to be their with a crew doing track maintenance. He told me that there had been a major accident - derailment on the bridge many years ago that had caused major damage to the bridge and had even resulted in several railroad cars falling into the river. He even pointed out to me what he said were the remains of one of the cars.I am interested in finding any information about this accident...