Photo taken Nov. 2006 by Wayne Johnson
BH Photo #104211
Hi, I'm a photographer and have been eyeing this bridge for some time. How do I get access to it?
Rails are still present. The right of way is just filled with overgrown brush. Nearly impassable with all the briars & scrubs.
Is this right of way even intact anymore? It sure looks like it may have been totally abandoned and sold to landowners. Bummer, this appears to be a magnificent structure.
Does anyone have a better way to access it, other than trudging in the brush from the south? As the north is blocked by the quarry & the south right of way is bordered by private farm land. Thanks.
I like the one pic where you can see it towering over the electric poles.
Indeed; looks like a Ford L-series or a Sterling hood.
Its probably one of those trucks with additional special railroad style wheels on it. Would love to own one.
Steve - you drove across the railroad bridge? Out of curiosity, what were you driving?
I just went out here the other day. It was nice! Got to drive across the bridge too! FYI- There are thousands of wasps living in the ties!
Back in 1953 I was told that this was the tallest all wood trestleever built. Since its initial construction changes were made in the substructure so its distinction as the tallest no longer applies
it looks abandoned
This line has been commercially inactive since 2004.
This particular trestle reminds me of the one located about 20 miles northwest of Chattanooga, TN. Unfortunately, I cannot find my picture. However, I have remembered this bridge ever since I saw it about 12 years ago. My mother and I were driving from Florida to Missouri, and we were rounding a bend in the highway ( I think Hwy 24, from Atlanta to Nashville). Man, there was that trestle!!!!Tall, black, and awesome crossing the road. It's possible this bridge may be in a book specifically about railroad bridges. If I can find my picture, I'll attach it to this site.
I am no expert but this is one big bridge. I first saw the thing back in the late 70's and the awe inspiring thing has been stuck in my mind every since. I have been told by an older gentleman that it was the tallest in Missouri. Is there any truth to this? If you can hitch a ride across this big open train bridge then do so. I hoped that some day they would have an evening dinner cruise from Mexico to Fulton once a month or so.
At the time these photographs were taken, I observed remnants of other support structures that had preceeded or been concurrent with the current supports for this bridge. It became apparent to me that this is not the original bridge at this site; but that the current bridge used most of the original, massive stone piers from the original bridge and that many of the secondary steel supports were abandoned for construction of the current bridge.