North Approach With Deck Removed
Photo taken by David Backlin in June 2011
BH Photo #202763
Thanks for the info, Brian. I'll update the entry with your info.
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.
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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.