Chicago & Alton Railroad Bridge

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In 1859, the Missouri State Legislature chartered the Louisiana and Missouri River Railroad to construct a 216 mile line from Louisiana, Missouri on the Mississippi River to Kansas City with a branch line from Mexico to Cedar City, on the north side of the Missouri River across from Jefferson City. In 1870, the Chicago and Alton Railroad signed a long-term lease with the Louisiana and Missouri River Railroad to complete construction of the line to Mexico and on to Cedar City. Plans to continue the line to Kansas City were abandoned in favor of using an already established line of the Chicago and Alton.

The construction crew reached Fulton on February 29, 1872 and service to Mexico began in March. By July, passengers could travel south to Cedar City or north to Mexico. The trestle bridge on the Stinson Trail was part of this line. The bridge itself was moved here from Grain City.

There was one round trip from Mexico to Cedar City daily except Sunday. The train usually consisted of two coaches: one for passengers and one for mail. During the school year, students from New Bloomfield and Carrington commuted to Fulton High School via the train. From Mexico, passengers could connect with trains headed for Saint Louis, Kansas City and Chicago – c&arr-locomotivea fact often mentioned by Fulton’s three colleges when recruiting students. Passengers bound for Cedar City could access the capital by ferry, and later, at the close of the 19th century, by trolley on the only vehicular bridge across the Missouri River from Saint Charles to Omaha.

Passenger service ended in September 1930, but mail service to Guthrie and Carrington continued until the end of the year. Freight traffic from Fulton to Cedar City ended in 1933.

For additional information on Callaway County historical sites, visit the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and Museum located at 513 Court St. or at www.kchsoc.org.

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