Booneville lift bridge

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Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 31, 2007

Oh Ryan, this photo is great! I think, I have to come to Missouri once. No, of course not only because of the BBQ. ;-)

I love the bridge and I hope, this one is still in use. Does it mean, they can move the bridge up and down so that boats may pass or in case of floods and trees coming down the river? - No, I just had a look at the map, it couldn't be because of the floods, because it's only a part of the bridge, which can be lifted. I am sure, you can tell me something about it. Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on August 31, 2007

Thanks, May! In use? No this bridge is not in use, and left always lifted. The middle span is over the deepest channel in the river, and yes, this is so boats can pass underneath. Actually the entire railroad is not in use anymore, so the bridge doesn't connect to anything. This is as close as I was able to get.

But don't worry! This isn't another story of old and broken things! The old rail lines, KT for Kansas-Texas, were closed and replaced. Now the rail bed is a state park called the Katy trail. It's covered in gravel, and bicyclers and joggers can use the route to explore and exercise. The original old railroad towns (now nowhere close to the main roads) that probably would have died are now trail stops, with bed and breakfasts and little restaurants, and sometimes a bike rental store. The trail still uses many of the old railroad bridges (not this one because it had to be raised up), and runs the full width of the state.

I've only been on a small part of it, maybe a hundred miles or so.

Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 2, 2007

No, no! I wouldn't worry. You know, I liked your old and broken things! That's nice, what you tell about the trails. Do people often go by bike, where you live? May

Ryan Calhoun on September 2, 2007

Hello May. In some towns, it is possible to use a bicycle to get around. When I lived in Columbia, sometimes I left my car parked for weeks without starting it. That town is very accessible by bike. But in most places it isn't possible, because things are too far apart and the roads are too narrow. The Katy Trail is a good place to ride for recreation, with parking stops every ten miles or so. But I have to go by car to get to the parking stop first. A greeting for you, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 4, 2007

Thank you for this information, Ryan! There must be some lavely trails for bikers in Missouri. So I'd better take my bike with me. ;-) May

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