- Hannibal Bridge
bridge_name= Hannibal Bridge
caption= Hannibal Bridge in 1869
also_known_as= Missouri River Bridge
carries= Railroad & Pedestrians
Kansas City, Missourito North Kansas City, Missouri
long= -94.58864The First Hannibal Bridge was the first bridge to cross the
Missouri Riverand was to establish Kansas City, Missourias a major city and rail center.
Construction started in 1867, right at the end of the
American Civil War. Construction on the bridge was completed in 1869. The completion of the bridge came after a short battle between the much bigger Leavenworth, Kansasand the town of Kansas City for the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroadbridge.
After construction was completed and the population of Kansas City began to boom tremendously.
It was designed by
Octave Chanute, who also designed the Kansas City Stockyards. Its design was for it to be a swing bridgewhich could open in just two minutes, and it had an arched truss design. The bridge cost $1 million to build in its day.
The bridge was built by the
Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. Although the raiload became part of the BNSF Railway, the name "Hannibal" has stuck.
In 1886, the bridge was severely damaged by a
tornadowhich collapsed a middle span. It was reconstructed and its truss structure was altered from an arch design to a traditional truss design. It was later replaced by the Second Hannibal Bridge200 feet upstream, where it still stands today.
List of crossings of the Missouri River
* [http://www.kclibrary.org/localhistory/media.cfm?mediaID=8344 KC Public Library photo of the tornado damage]
* [http://www.kclibrary.org/localhistory/media.cfm?mediaID=3131 KC Public Library photo of the bridge in 1881]
* [http://www.kclibrary.org/localhistory/media.cfm?mediaID=1152 KC Public Library photo of the bridge in 1870]
structure = Crossings
bridge = First Hannibal Bridge
bridge signs = "(demolished)"
Second Hannibal Bridge
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