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Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The M & O Railroad Trestle
 
The M & O Railroad Trestle Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
1. The M & O Railroad Trestle Marker
 
Inscription. This wooden and steel truss bridge was constructed for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1898 by civil engineer Benjamin Hardaway, and 1887 graduate of The University of Alabama and former Tuscaloosa City Engineer. Originally 135-feet high with a 110-foot clearance, it was once considered by many to be the country's longest trestle at 3600 feet. This bridge, along with Old Locks One, Two and Three, greatly improved transportation in West Alabama and heralded an era of economic development in the early 20th century. In later years the M & O Railroad became successively the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio; the Illinois Central Gulf; and the Kansas City Southern.
 
Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 12.637′ N, 87° 34.477′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and 28th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Indian Fires Are Going Out” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Architect (approx. 0.2 miles away); Navigation and Shipbuilding On The Black Warrior River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masons Marks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama Central Female College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuscaloosa Second State Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clement Comer Clay (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
 
The M & O Railroad Trestle & Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
2. The M & O Railroad Trestle & Marker
 
 
The M & O Railroad Trestle East View Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
3. The M & O Railroad Trestle East View
 
 
The M & O Railroad Trestle West View Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, November 17, 2008
4. The M & O Railroad Trestle West View
 
 
The M & O Railroad Trestle Over The River View Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, November 17, 2008
5. The M & O Railroad Trestle Over The River View
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,478 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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