Historic Markers Across Alabama

The M & O Railroad Trestle

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of 2nd Street and 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Coordinates: N 33° 12.637    W 087° 34.477
  33.21061666    -87.57461666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


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.

End of The M & O Railroad Trestle