New Franklin in Howard County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The New Franklin Viaduct
When the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad established a division in Franklin, Mo., a switching yard was located south of New Franklin. This switching yard contained seven sets of tracks plus the through line. Missouri Highway 5 entered New Franklin by crossing this switching yard. There were several fatal accidents in the area before the viaduct was constructed.
The 1936 federal highway aid bill funded the viaduct and made reducing railroad grade crossings a high priority. A concrete deck girder design was the cheapest way to build the viaduct. The structure includes an unusual amount of architectual detailing because of the importance of the crossing and its location between Boonville and Fayette.
Carrothers and Crouch of Kansas City built the viaduct in 1939 and 1940. They used local labor, keeping unemployment in the community down during construction. The official dedication was part of an all-day celebration.
After the MKT
The MKT Railroad removed the switching yard after they stopped running in 1986. Katy Trail State Park replaced the through line. Missouri Department of Transportation discussed removing the viaduct as early as 1993 because it was not needed.
The Missouri Department of Transportation
Erected by Missouri Dept of Natural Resources, MoDOT, and US DOT.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Katy Trail State Park marker series.
Location. 39° 0.748′ N, 92° 44.251′ W. Marker is in New Franklin, Missouri, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Missouri Street (Missouri Route 5) and Katy Trail State Park, on the left when traveling south on Missouri Street. Click for map. Marker is at Katy Trail State Park Milepost 188.3. Marker is in this post office area: New Franklin MO 65274, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of New Franklin (about 500 feet away); KATY Caboose #127 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franklin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Fe Trail Marker (approx. 0.3 miles Franklin and New Franklin (approx. 0.3 miles away); End of Boone's Lick Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Trails (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Franklin.
Also see . . .
1. Katy Trail State Park. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Katy Railroad Historical Society. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. MKT Railroad History Along the Katy Trail. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.