Re: this nice shot of the GM&O freight house
For those that have been to Kansas City, 12th Street from Downtown into the West Bottoms (where the GM&O freight house was) was and is a double deck viaduct. The photo is looking southwest from the top level of the viaduct. The tracks seen on the southwest side of the freight house did not continue to the west side of the freight house (except for one which was far enough west to allow truck access). Access was from surface level below 12th Street to the west side for trucks etc. The roof seen on the lower left corner of the image is the Frisco freight house. The CB&Q freight house was 3-4 blocks west at 12th and Mulberry Street and the ATSF Freight House at 13th and Hickory Street.
The tracks in the background on the west side of the freight
house: GM&O nearest, then SLSF, the KCT, and then the
remaining half the tracks belonging to the CB&Q. Prior to the
CB&Q building Murray Yard in North Kansas City, this was part
of the area of their primary Kansas City yard. I've seen 1948 maps
of the area and it's hard to imagine today how much railroad
activity was going on in such a small area. The 1951 flood in the
West Bottoms changed it all.
On 4/29/2019 6:34 PM, Claus Schlund \(HGM\) wrote: