This is a video segment one of the last trains to cross the Boonville, Missouri Katy RR Bridge. Shot in 1986 by Wayne Lammers when The Katy RR was in negotiations with the Union Pacific RR. This video shows the bridge from different angles and the bridge operator C. D. Gregory. I was called by The Katy Engineer, Dennis Huff, who advising me that this would be the last train to cross the Boonville Katy Bridge. Since then the City of Boonvile has taken possession of the bridge and are in the process of converting it to be a large part of the Katy Trail. The bridge was built in 1931-32 as MKT Bridge No. 191.1 by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad to replace an 1873 MKT much lighter structure. It has four trusses over the water and a vertical 408 foot span lift in the middle, and was constructed by Kansas City Bridge Company (substructure), American Bridge Company (superstructure), and General Electric Company (electric installation). The bridge is still operational but is in need some repair.
Video posted by Wayne Lammers, linked by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
Third and current bridge constructed on new alignment 65 feet downstream
Determined eligible for posting to the National Register of Historic Places
Rails-to-Trails Act passed by Congress establishing legal groundwork for converting unused railroad lines into recreational trails
MKT discontinued railroad service
Agreement signed between MKT and the State of Missouri transferring control of the railroad right-of-way to create what would become Katy Trail State Park
Union Pacific acquired MKT
Boonville Daily News published story that Union Pacific had already contracted with a demolition company to dismantle the bridge and reuse four of the five spans for a second railroad bridge at Osage City
Oct. 25, 2004
Bill Wimmer, UP's Vice President of Engineering, sent letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources asserting that the railroad has the authority to demolish the bridge
Dec. 23, 2004
Stephen Mahfood, outgoing DNR director, wrote letter to UP claiming rights to use the bridge under the 1987 agreement
April 25, 2004
New DNR director Doyle Childers reversed course and ceded control of the bridge back to Union Pacific
Feb. 4, 2005
"Save the Katy Bridge Committee" formed
May 3, 2005
Boonville residents staged rally at the Cooper County Courthouse to support saving the bridge
May 6, 2005
Ron Kucera, deputy director for policy at DNR, resigned in protest over the bridge decision
May 16, 2005
Wall Street Journal published front-page story about the bridge
May 26, 2005
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed lawsuit against DNR director Doyle Childers to save the bridge
July 12, 2005
Save the Katy Bridge Committee estimated that bridge could be rehabilitated and reopend for around $1 million
July 20, 2005
Nixon expanded lawsuit to include Union Pacific Railroad
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Future Katy Trail in Boonville
From north to south:
Three fixed, riveted, 10-panel, polygonal Warren through truss spans, each 300 ft.
One vertical-lift, riveted, 14-panel, polygonal Warren through truss, 408 ft., weighs 2 million pounds
One fixed, riveted, 8-panel, polygonal Warren through truss spans, 247 ft.
One plate girder span, 60 ft. (removed) for Union Pacific Railroad to run taller trains
Length of largest span: 408.0 ft.
Total length: 1,615.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982