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MKT - North Commercial Street Overpass

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North Approach With Deck Removed

Photo taken by David Backlin in June 2011

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BH Photo #202763

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over N Commercial St on MKT Railroad
Location
Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Abandoned circa 1954
Railroad
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT; Katy)
Design
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.65794, -94.35843   (decimal degrees)
38°39'29" N, 94°21'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/381804/4279694 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisonville
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 5
Elevation
900 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48991 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • September 22, 2013: New Street View added by Kelly McClanahan
  • June 27, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Revised railroad name
  • June 26, 2011: Added by David Backlin

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Comments 

N Commercial St Bridge II
Posted June 27, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Thanks for the info, Brian. I'll update the entry with your info.

N Commercial St Bridge II
Posted June 27, 2011, by Brian Parkinson (railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Would you believe that 'back in the day' (Before 1935) Harrisonville had 4 different railroads? The St. Louis-San Francisco, Missouri Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and The Kansas City, Clinton, & Springfield. This bridge, now with its deck removed, once carried trains belonging to the MKT, as they made their way between Kansas City and St. Louis. The 'Katy' Railroad ended operations through Harrisonville in 1954, when the route between Bryson, MO and Paola, KS was abandoned. The track and bridge deck were salvaged. Today, only one rail line, the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railway, serves the town, running on the rails of the old Missouri Pacific south from Pleasant Hill, MO.

Hope this Helps!

-Brian Daniel

N Commercial St Bridge II
Posted June 26, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is the old route of US 71. This group of three bridges is pretty unusual. If my memory is correct (and old topo quads seem to confirm it) this middle bridge was part of the Katy line. The rail used to run west of here along MO 2 to Freeman, MO and on to Louisburg, KS. Continuing east, it ran through East Lynne and on through Clinton where the line is now used as the Katy Trail.