Math and Engineering instructor. Long time seeker of lost bridges. Kansas City metro.
The 1903/13 15' quad shows a single track. In 1945 there is a double track. Probably the original single track used the stone piers, the second track went on the concrete extensions, then the original track was scrapped at some time later than 1945. The 1954 7.5' shows the double track ending at Times Beach just before the bridge and a single track continuing toward St. Louis.
Creation of the Gardens began in 1956.
The "What's Here" button in the edit mode shows this location as completely in LaSalle County.
KDOT has past county maps online. The 1987 map shows the road crossing the river, in 1998 the symbol for a gate is on either side of the river, and 2010 shows a gate on the west side and the road ends short of the river on the east.
I don't have exact information, only my memory from living in this area on and off. The 1935 USGS topo gives a good picture of the area as I first remember it 20 years later.
Between Grandview and the yard east of Dodson where it intersected the MoPac there were two stations, Jeffreys (west of Hickman Mills) then Holmes Park. The valley leading from Grandview (1070') down to the Blue River (750') carried this rail and US 71. US 71 crossed under the rail just north of 103rd Street.
In the '60s US 71 was made limited access from 95th Street south past Grandview. I-435 crossed 95th about a mile east of 71 and curved west toward Kansas, crossing 71 between Holmes Park and Jefferys where 435 and a realigned 71 both crossed the Frisco on bridges. Old 71 from 95th to Blue Ridge became known as Hickman Mills Drive.
So, the rail was open circa 1970 with occasional short trains seen parallel to 71 between 95th and 87th. The north side of Grandview had a couple of light industries along the rail and it's possible the quarry along the track north of 95th used it.
Starting in the early '80s I-470 was built east from the 435/71 junction. The junction, which had been congested before, became a true mess. In the early '90s a series of changes and additions were made to the main roads and some of the lesser roads were significantly realigned and portions eliminated. It was around this time that they no longer bridged over the rail. Holmes Park was completely erased. In 1992 the Blue River bridges were replaced and the rail bridge was probably removed at that time. The latest round of construction improved the geometry of the Interstate junction and wiped out the remaining evidence of Jefferys.
TMI I suppose, but lacking official records (which certainly exist in the form of the county highway maps) you'll have to figure the rail was in limited use from Grandview to Melville in 1970 and abandoned by 1985. I hope this helps answer your question.
I'll probably condense, delete, or move this at some future time since it doesn't have much to do with this particular bridge page.
I guess more looking may give an answer. I just noticed the NY Street looks like a multi span. Great finials and portal bracing.
The buildings have seemingly all disappeared but I think this photo may be the bridge on this page.
I added the source James cited to the sources section.
The HAER report and a couple of other histories make no mention of a toll.
I don't believe there is currently a "troll" category.
Per the article linked below, this is a CCC dam from the '30s with stepping stones on top to make a pedestrian path.
So basically a dam with pedestrian walkway.Certainly noteworthy for a couple of reasons.
Some of the original brick deck was reused on the bridge and nearby.
If you can get to it without entering posted or restricted property. Please post your images here if you take some.
Very good news. This is a rare type and should be out where it can be viewed and used.
I hope they kept the original railing look.