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E 126th Terr "Mystery" Bridge

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126th Terr Ghost Bridge

Unknown bridge

Google Earth screen grab.

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BH Photo #395796

Map 

Description 

A ghost bridge of sorts. Built between 1957-64 (quad map). However no road has ever crossed it. Currently used by Ridge trail off (of 127th and) Charlotte St. At one time, 127th did extend to just short of the of the bridge, until the late 1990's.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over UP Railroad
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Closed and posted
History
Built ca 1954
Design
Steel stringers with concrete deck
Dimensions
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 25.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89744, -94.58259   (decimal degrees)
38°53'51" N, 94°34'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/362759/4306585 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grandview
Land survey
T. 47 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 17
Elevation
880 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 77825 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2019: New photos from Clark Vance
  • September 30, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 4, 2017: Added by Kelly McClanahan

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

E 126th Terr "Mystery" Bridge
Posted October 30, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Comparing the 1939 and 1964 7.5' quads, it's clear that the railroad changed alignment, taking a more direct route from Martin City to Bannister Road. The rail bridges built for the new alignment and the bridge built on 118th St all date to 1954. The 1964 map shows this bridge carrying a road. The 118th St bridge continued east to Lydia St and then down to the river. This bridge carried an extension of 127th east of Holmes.

I'm going to suggest that this bridge dates to the 1954 construction of the new alignment and that the two road bridges were built over the new cut.

The 117th St bridge shows as owned by the city. The path to this one from the west was posted with a UP sign and the bridge itself was marked. I'm not sure what owner to assign.

E 126th Terr "Mystery" Bridge
Posted September 30, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Odd road bridge? Large, early RR pedestrian-crossing bridge? Brand new homes surround this one on W side, received permission to dive in behind new homeowner's place. Interesting old thing for sure.

E 126th Terr "Mystery" Bridge
Posted July 4, 2017, by Luke

Historicaerials shows a farm here in 1969.