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KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge



Photo taken Nov. 2006 by Wayne Johnson

BH Photo #104211


Massive steel trestle over Auxvasse Creek on Ozark Valley Railroad, north of Kingdom City
Callaway County, Missouri
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1923-24
- Strobel Steel Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
- Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GMO)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.97582, -91.91098   (decimal degrees)
38°58'33" N, 91°54'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/594333/4314657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kingdom City
Inventory number
BH 21026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 27, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date and builder
  • February 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected name.
  • November 18, 2008: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • December 7, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Johnson



KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2021, by Jeremy Divers (jdivers [at] nc [dot] k12 [dot] mo [dot] us)

Hi, I'm a photographer and have been eyeing this bridge for some time. How do I get access to it?

KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2020, by Mike

Rails are still present. The right of way is just filled with overgrown brush. Nearly impassable with all the briars & scrubs.

KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2020, by John Marvig

Is this right of way even intact anymore? It sure looks like it may have been totally abandoned and sold to landowners. Bummer, this appears to be a magnificent structure.

KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2020, by Mike (Mad7759 [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have a better way to access it, other than trudging in the brush from the south? As the north is blocked by the quarry & the south right of way is bordered by private farm land. Thanks.

KCS - Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted June 22, 2019, by Carl Belken (cbgbrb [at] gmail [dot] com)

I like the one pic where you can see it towering over the electric poles.

Posted May 4, 2014, by Troy+Higgenbotham (troyhiggenbotham%40rocketmail [dot] com)


KCS Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Indeed; looks like a Ford L-series or a Sterling hood.

KCS Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its probably one of those trucks with additional special railroad style wheels on it. Would love to own one.

KCS Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Steve - you drove across the railroad bridge? Out of curiosity, what were you driving?

KCS Auxvasse Creek Bridge
Posted October 23, 2013, by Steve (stevekatkus [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just went out here the other day. It was nice! Got to drive across the bridge too! FYI- There are thousands of wasps living in the ties!

Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted June 28, 2010, by Gene Westhues (ewesthues [at] centurylink [dot] net)

Back in 1953 I was told that this was the tallest all wood trestleever built. Since its initial construction changes were made in the substructure so its distinction as the tallest no longer applies

Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted September 11, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

it looks abandoned

Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted April 21, 2009, by David Yates (david_y [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

This line has been commercially inactive since 2004.

Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted March 4, 2008, by Miss Remick Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)


This particular trestle reminds me of the one located about 20 miles northwest of Chattanooga, TN. Unfortunately, I cannot find my picture. However, I have remembered this bridge ever since I saw it about 12 years ago. My mother and I were driving from Florida to Missouri, and we were rounding a bend in the highway ( I think Hwy 24, from Atlanta to Nashville). Man, there was that trestle!!!!Tall, black, and awesome crossing the road. It's possible this bridge may be in a book specifically about railroad bridges. If I can find my picture, I'll attach it to this site.


Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted August 30, 2007, by Mark (mpprater [at] xocket [dot] net)

I am no expert but this is one big bridge. I first saw the thing back in the late 70's and the awe inspiring thing has been stuck in my mind every since. I have been told by an older gentleman that it was the tallest in Missouri. Is there any truth to this? If you can hitch a ride across this big open train bridge then do so. I hoped that some day they would have an evening dinner cruise from Mexico to Fulton once a month or so.

Auxvasse Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted December 15, 2006, by Wayne Johnson (johnsonwe [at] earthlink [dot] net)

At the time these photographs were taken, I observed remnants of other support structures that had preceeded or been concurrent with the current supports for this bridge. It became apparent to me that this is not the original bridge at this site; but that the current bridge used most of the original, massive stone piers from the original bridge and that many of the secondary steel supports were abandoned for construction of the current bridge.

Wayne Johnson