Cables No More

This view is looking north up the old Illinois Traction System (ITS)/Illinois Terminal System (ITC) approach to the McKinley Bridge. The former railway bridge approach is now a hiking and biking trail. The overhead power lines were removed long ago when the ITS converted to diesel powered trains.

The McKinley Bridge crosses the Mississippi River between St. Louis, MO and Venice, IL, and was built by the ITS in 1910. The bridge originally carried both automobiles and trains. After an extensive rehabilitation, the bridge once again carries automobiles, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.

Photo taken: May 18, 2008. St. Louis, Missouri.


  1. Neat that they kept some of the structure though.

    1. I agree, Shelly. It's nice that the bridge is still serving a purpose, and that by keeping some of the railroad structures the bridge still shows what its original purpose was. Not seen in this photograph is another bridge that was part of this railroad's entry into St. Louis. This approach comes down at Branch Street in North St. Louis. Then behind where I was standing the tracks go right back up onto an elevated rail bridge that winds its way over North St. Louis before coming down to the ground again near Howard Street and Hadley Street. Here's a photograph I took of the elevated rail line back in 2012, .


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