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KCS - Louisiana Bridge


View from Riverview Cemetery

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #106828

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Through truss swing railroad bridge over the Mississippi River on Kansas City Southern at Louisiana
Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois
Open to train traffic
Built 1897-8, Some Spans Replaced 1905 and 1945
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois (1897 Construction)
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
- Gateway Western Railroad (GWWR)
- Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GMO)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
From west to east:
6-panel Pratt through truss (Built 1898)
17-panel, two-span cantilevered swing through truss (446 feet long, built 1898)
9-panel Camelback Pratt through truss (Built 1897)
8-panel Camelback Pratt through truss (Built 1897)
2- 6-panel Warren through truss with verticals (Buily 1945)
12-panel polygonal Warren through truss with verticals (Built 1945)
2- 6-panel Pratt through truss (Built 1905)
Length of largest span: 442.0 ft.
Total length: 2,054.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.44552, -91.03305   (decimal degrees)
39°26'44" N, 91°01'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/669255/4368064 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 22325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 17, 2017: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • August 17, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • August 13, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • June 24, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 21, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 19, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • July 4, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • August 23, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added illinois central railway to the 'Carries' field
  • August 21, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • October 8, 2010: New Street View added by Mark Dellbringge
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • June 8, 2005: Posted new photos

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  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mark Dellbringge
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Wikipedia
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Huffman
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com


KCS - Louisiana Bridge
Posted July 28, 2017, by Jeremy Ruble (saukee0 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo number 39 is not of this bridge. Itís a photo of the second train bridge at Quincy Illinois

KCS - Louisiana Bridge
Posted February 14, 2016, by Lisa (lisalu_2005 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This railroad bridge that crossed the Mississippi River from Louisiana Missouri to Pike County Illinois dates back to 1873 when it was one of the first 15 bridges that were built across the Mississippi River. The bridge was fully rebuilt in 1898 using the 1873 piers. Several spans were replaced in 1945. The 1873 bridge was built by the Chicago and Alton Railroad.

Louisiana Railroad Bridge
Posted November 26, 2009, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)


Currently owned by the Kansas City Southern (at least according to the no trespassing sign in the hi res version of photo 9) but previous owners, Gateway Western, ICG and GM&O.

Louisiana Railroad Bridge
Posted April 14, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

what rr is this on?