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RI - Henley/Hoecker Bridge


View from a distance

This was taken from S. Teal Bottom Road, about half a mile away

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Bridge built at Hoecker/Henley, MO in 1903 for Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad to span the Osage River. With the bankruptcy of the railroad in 1980, ownership of the line was transferred through many hands until it was sold by the Union Pacific Railroad to Ameren Corp, a St. Louis-based utility, which now owns it. Despite this, the majority of the line (including the Henley Bridge) has not been used since 1979.


Through truss bridge over the Osage River on the Rock Island Railroad
Henley, Miller County, Missouri
Rail line currently out of service
Future prospects
Ameren has donated the rail line to the State of Missouri for use as a "Rail to Trail" project. Work is currently underway to remove brush and the rails.
Bridge built at Hoecker/Henley, MO in 1903 for Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad; out of service since 1980.
- A.J. Tullock of Leavenworth, Kansas
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
- St. Louis, Kansas City & Colorado Railway (StLKC&C)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
1 - 275' Pin-connected, 14-panel Pennsylvania Through Truss
(Main Span)
2 - 150' Pin-connected Pratt Deck Truss
10 - 60' Deck Plate Girder
7 - 30' Deck Plate Girder
Length of largest span: 275.0 ft.
Total length: 1,385.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Hoecker Bridge
RI - Henley Bridge
Rock Island Bridge #1433
RI - Osage River Bridge
RI - Hoecker Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.33370, -92.30419   (decimal degrees)
38°20'01" N, 92°18'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/560812/4243069 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Elizabeth
Inventory numbers
Rock Island Bridge #1433
BH 22043 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • December 17, 2015: Updated by Chris Perry: Updated status
  • December 1, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "American Bridge Co."
  • November 6, 2014: Updated by Luke: Reverted name as Henley is still the more common name, and Hoecker is already listed as a alt name
  • November 6, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Changed name based on forum post
  • May 16, 2014: New photo from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • December 28, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info from RI 1973 track chart
  • April 2, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Southern Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • November 22, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description expanded.
  • February 29, 2012: Updated by John Oechsner: Added photo; Year bridge was built; Description
  • February 25, 2011: New photos from John O
  • August 21, 2006: Posted additional photos from Jim Ridge

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RI - Henley/Hoecker Bridge
Posted December 1, 2014, by Kevin

This bridge (Along with every bridge from the Gasconade river bridge to the town of Versailles.) was designed and built by A.J. Tullock. The main span is 375 feet long and 60 ft. deep at the center.

The bridge crosses the valley at about 50 ft. above the ground and 70 ft. above low water.

This was pulled from an old railroad gazette - The concrete pier under the east end of the span was sunk to rock 36 ft. below low water with a pneumatic caisson, and is 106 ft. high from foundation to coping.

RI - Henley Bridge
Posted November 6, 2014, by V. Duffield (gduffield [at] vernonpublishing [dot] com)

Locally, this bridge is most often called the Hoecker Trestle, named after the no-longer existing trade center on the east bank of the river. There also was a Hoecker School, where my mother-in-law taught in the early 1930s. The Hoecker, or St. Elizabeth side, is more accessible and enroute to that area from St. Elizabeth you will pass the scene of a long-ago derailment, with the old railcars continuing to rest in the woods where they tumbled.

Henley Bridge
Posted October 16, 2009, by John Oechsner (bigtex144 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actuallu, Union Pacific doesn't even own the line anymore. In fact, the whole line was sold to Ameren and the operate a small section from STL to Union, MO. It's called the Missouri Central Railway. You can read more about it here:


Or here, although this site doesn't appear to have been updated in over 10 years judging by the dates mentioned:


I think its safe to say most of the line will never be operated again :( I am glad I stumbled upon these pictures though...I plan on trying to ride my bike on some of the abandonded sections this winter and get as many pictures as I can. Never know how much longer it will be around before it disappears into history!!

Henley Bridge
Posted September 11, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

should be reused is UPRR considering reusing this line?

Henley Bridge
Posted April 10, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Impressive bridge. Would be nice to see it reused.

Henley Bridge
Posted April 10, 2009, by david yates (david_y [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Just one of the two impressive bridges on the old Rock Island line. Turning this semi abandoned line into a rail to trail would save this bridge.

Henley Bridge
Posted February 18, 2009, by M.B. (Berendzen545 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just a friendly correction. The road you took the picture from is South Teal Bottom Road, not South Neal Bottom.

Henley Bridge
Posted June 11, 2006, by Nathan Morton (mortons03 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Thought I could outdue your viewpoint so I drove around the town of Henley for half an hour trying to find better access. When I couldn't, I found a local who shared a beer with me and told me about a private drive leading to a boat ramp just to the south of the bridge. I made the visit to which no one seemed to mind any trespassing, and the view was indeed better. One could walk the old rails in the winter months but not during the spring or summer.