New readers may not know this but part of my mission with this blog is to provide a historical record of stuff so people know the who/why/what/when of the Line Creek Valley. I've kind of taken to preserving and informing about the old Kansas City to St. Joseph Interurban Railroad. The late Ed Gentry's started this effort here and I'm adding to it. I've blogged enough about the railline now that I've given its own tag.
One benefit of working for KCMO the past 10 years is that a lot of people have retired or had to move locations. Somehow being the last man standing on one floor of City Hall made my cubicle the depository (or suppository as I call it as I clean the stuff up) for a ton of boxes full of paper. Somehow I wound up with a box of old appraisals conductedby the City in the early 80's when they were buying right of way to widen Barry Road between I-29 and US 169.
I found some old pictures that showed where the Interurban crossed Barry Road. These were for an old pasture tract where the Barclay Club Apartments were built. For a visual location of the crossing, it's where the large overhead power lines cross Barry at the apartment entrance.
One can still see the old rail-bed on the south side of Barry and in the aerial below.
This picture looks like it was taken just on the north side of Barry and is looking northwest at the railbed which is on the right side of the big orange tree.
The next picture is looking east at Barry and one can see the rail-bed in the pasture. The rail line ceased operation in the early 1930's. Waukomis/Green Hills Road was built as Route AA by MoDOT in 1942+/- and I assume Barry which was as MO Route T at that time was done in the same era so I assume the rail crossing was leveled when the road was paved. It's hard to tell with the trees along Barry.
The final picture is looking north right on top of the rail-bed. It would be to the left of the picture.
Last year I posted some pictures of where the Interurban crossed Route 152 and also where it was the Drennon Lake Dam (and if you don't know where Drennon Lake was, click here). You can also check out Matt Staub's post about the railline here and Rick Drozd has some cool pictures of the line at the bottom of his long page here.