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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNIBAL BRIDGE (the bridge that made Kansas City, KANSAS CITY!)

July 3, 1869, Happy 149th Birthday to The Hannibal Bridge. It was the first railroad bridge over the Missouri River. In the 1860s many thought that it was impossible to bridge the 'turbulent and unstable' Missouri River.
That piece of infrastructure made KC the dominant city in the Missouri Valley. At the time, Leavenworth and St. Joseph were much larger cities. Leavenworth was three times as large as KC. 'Harper's Weekly' said Kansas City was a town 'not so well known in the east as Leavenworth, Omaha, St. Joseph.' THEBRIDGE FLIPPED THAT EQUATION. 

The bridge connected 7 railroads and opened the cattle trade to Chicago and the population back east. The bridge is why the stockyards and the packing plants located in Kansas City. AND the stockyards, with its availability of inexpensive cuts of meat, is one of the main reasons for KC being recognized as "The BBQ Capital of the Wo…

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