Most people have traveled up and over the crumbling South Kingshighway Viaduct, but unless you’re taking the bizarre detour for Shaw Avenue, there is little reason to go down there.
Built in 1936, supposedly by the Missouri Highway Department, it is beginning to show its age. But what is most interesting are the well-preserved staircases that go up either side of the tracks.
There is something elegant about the piers, and if you look closely to the left below, you can see a gap in the balustrade facing the street that apparently allowed for access to streetcars. I don’t know if that’s true or not.
Interestingly, Kingshighway already passed through the area before the bridge, so the curbs that belonged to the old at-grade crossing of the railroad are still there.
This billboard structure seems to date to shortly after the construction of the bridge.
And of course, there were already buildings along the street, so they now sit in the shadow of the bridge.