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McKinley Bridge Bikeway - Branch Street Trestle


Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn in August 2008


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Deck girder bridge connecting Branch Street to the McKinley Bridge on former Illinois Terminal Railroad at St. Louis
Near North Riverfront, St. Louis, Missouri
Open to pedestrians
Built 1910 with the McKinley Bridge for Illinois Traction System; closed to railroad traffic in 1977; reopened to pedestrians June 7, 2008
- Illinois Terminal Railroad (IT; ITC)
- Illinois Traction System (ITS)
- Interurban
Curved deck plate girder
Also called
ITC - Branch Street Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.66310, -90.18742   (decimal degrees)
38°39'47" N, 90°11'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/744718/4283146 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Inventory number
BH 37209 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 30, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated GPS
  • August 21, 2011: New photo from Ben Tate
  • November 25, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • August 18, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 16, 2008: Added by James Baughn


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  • Kim Harvey
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Branch Street Trestle
Posted May 2, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I frequently call out rail-trails for this same problem. They go through the trouble of reopening historic bridges yet fail to acknowledge the bridges as historic. Why wouldn't you post some interpretive signage about the historic bridge? It only makes the work that they have done seem all the more great and important.

Branch Street Trestle
Posted May 2, 2010, by lotsie Holton (lotsieholt [at] aol [dot] com)

Rode bikes there last 2 Saturdays and didn't see another person. Why isn't it promoted as it is so special + one of 3 in the world? Why are orange plastic pieces tied to gaurd rails? Signage on IL side terrible to connecting trail over there.