2 votes

Kansas City Union Station Footbridge


East side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in May 2009


BH Photo #139836


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Railroad tracks at Union Station in Kansas City
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians
Built 1892 next to Missouri River; abandoned 1960, relocated to Union Station 2006
- BNIM of Kansas City, Missouri (Relocator)
- Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania (Original 1892 construction)
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Michael R. Haverty Bridge
Pencoyd Bridge
Freight House Pedestrian Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08620, -94.58692   (decimal degrees)
39°05'10" N, 94°35'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/362749/4327540 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Inventory number
BH 36475 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added relocator
  • October 12, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 13, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • April 25, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: changed to new official name
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Relocated", "Railroad"
  • May 7, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson
  • April 23, 2008: Added by Max Johnson

Related Bridges 



Michael R. Haverty Bridge
Posted February 4, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Here are some photos of the bridge in its previous location and of the bridge being relocated. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrism70/albums/72157625268139...

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted July 11, 2012, by Kevin Anderson (iamcreated [at] att [dot] net)

Photos taken July 2012

Union Pacific and an Amtrack passing under the bridge

Looking down the outside

Inside the cage - MOO!

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted December 11, 2010, by Bruce Bridges (railfan727 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It would be a great vantage point for railfans like me it weren't for that stupid barrier.

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This truly looks like a cattle chute indeed. I agree, there are far more attractive solutions to jumping and throwing things then making the guest feel like they are in prison.

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Jumpers or people throwing stuff from the tracks. Either way, there are many more tasteful ways of preventing these things. Golden Gate Bridge is going to get a suicide net, and the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in England has wire cables to prevent suicides. Both are much less visually offensive. Even a typical cyclone fence would be better than what is here.

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

HAHAHA......Funny you mention that Nathan! When I first saw this picture I thought there was a livestock carrier parked on the bridge.It appears to be an enclosed walkway....they must want deter any potential jumpers!

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

And this year's award for ugliest bridge barrier goes to...

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted March 19, 2010, by molly Hill (birdgurl97 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I saw that "mega movers" too! That bridge brings back memories of going down to the rail yards to make paintings of the trains and bridges for art school "homework".... that's untill the railroad cops would show up. I think I still have the half finished painting of this bridge in my basement somewhere....

Pencoyd Bridge
Posted September 25, 2009, by Winston Smith (smithw6012 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was the subject of a History Channel TV program 'Mega Movers' documenting the work crew as they dismantled the bridge from its original location and moved it through downtown up Main Street to Union Station, pretty cool. Original air date was June 27, 2006