KCS Little Noix Creek Bridge

Through Plate Girder Bridge over Little Noix Creek
Near Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri

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Name KCS Little Noix Creek Bridge
Built By Chicago & Alton Railroad
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By Kansas City Southern Railway
Length 116 Feet Total, 58 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete Encased Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900
Traffic Count 5 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
KCS Bridge Number 278.9
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date June 2016
In 1870, the St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad began construction on a line from Roodhouse, Illinois to Quincy Junction, on the East Bank of the Mississippi River.
At Roodhouse, it connected to another StLJ&C mainline.

Three years prior, the Louisiana and Missouri River Railroad constructed a line between Mexico, Missouri and the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Missouri.

The two railroads would finally connect in 1873, when a bridge would be constructed over the Mississippi River.

An additional 163 miles to Kansas City would be built westward from Mexico in 1878, finally seeing completion in 1879. This line was constructed by the Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago Railroad.
Both the railroads in Missouri would be under control of the Chicago & Alton Railroad from completion. In Illinois, the St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad would become fully absorbed by the Chicago & Alton in 1899.

The Chicago & Alton operated this route as a backbone type route, connecting Kansas City to the Mississippi River.

In 1931, the Chicago & Alton would be renamed the Alton Railroad, and be operated as a subsidiary of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This lasted until 1947, when it became part of the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad.
The GMO operated this line until 1972, when they merged with Illinois Central to form Illinois Central Gulf; who operated this line until 1987.

By 1987, the line had deteriorated significantly. The line was sold to the Chicago, Missouri and Western Railway. This railroad failed very quickly, and by 1990 the line was spun off to Gateway Western Railroad.

From 1990 to 1997, Gateway Western was an affiliate of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. After ATSF merged to form BNSF, GWWR became a subsidiary of Kansas City Southern.

Kansas City Southern fully dissolved the GWWR in 2001, and continues to operate this line.

This simply composed Through Girder bridge crosses Noix Creek near Louisiana.

The bridge lies along side US-54. It was built in 1900 by Lassig Bridge & Iron Works. It is constructed of two through girder spans, set onto stone substructures.
The stone substructures were built in 1900. The substructures were encased in concrete at a later date.

In addition, the bridge crosses a small access road.

The author rates this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common nature of the bridge. However, it retains excellent historic integrity.

The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date 1979 ICG Track Profile
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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