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West Barretts Tunnel

1851-53 & 1929

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. West Barretts Tunnel Marker
Inscription.  The first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River are located at Barretts, MO, which is the name for the station where we are located. They were built between 1851-53 by the Pacific Railroad of Missouri, renamed the Missouri Pacific in 1876. They carried a single broad gauge track, with 5' 6" between the rails. They were designed by the line's chief engineer, James P. Kirkwood, for whom the nearby town of Kirkwood, MO is named. The tracks were changed to standard gauge (4' 8 ½") in 1869. This tunnel was originally 450' long, but was shortened to its current 410' in 1929. The single track tunnels were an operating bottleneck in what became a double track railroad, and became intolerable during WW II. In 1944 the tunnels were bypassed by two main line tracks placed in a cut about 100' to the South. The land with the tunnels was then surplus to the line's needs, and the museum leased this property for $1 a year until it was later donated. The tunnels were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
 
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
 
Location.
West Barretts Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. West Barretts Tunnel Marker
38° 34.218′ N, 90° 27.849′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3015 Barrett Station Road, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. #39 "Marmora" (a few steps from this marker); #311 (within shouting distance of this marker); #274 (within shouting distance of this marker); #4700 (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Katy Flyer" (within shouting distance of this marker); #4916 (within shouting distance of this marker); MKT #1 (within shouting distance of this marker); #5529 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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