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Coordinates: 39°08′41″N 94°29′05″W / 39.144722°N 94.48472°W / 39.144722; -94.48472

North approach to bridge

The Harry S Truman Bridge is a vertical lift rail drawbridge over the Missouri River connecting Jackson County, Missouri with Clay County, Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. It has a 427 foot main span, and is the tenth longest span in the United States.

The bridge was named on May 23, 1945, for Jackson County native Harry S. Truman who had just become President. It was built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ("Milwaukee Road") and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad ("Rock Island Line") and connected to the Kansas City Terminal Railway network through Kansas City.

It is now used by the freight trains of the Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad to cross the Missouri River.

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