The Quick Facts
LocationBetween Holmes and Blue River Road on Red Bridge Road
- Minor Park
Celebrate your commitment by “locking your love” to the Old Red Bridge in Minor Park. The placing of love locks is a custom whereby couples affix a padlock to a bridge, fence, gate or similar fixture so pronouncing their unbreakable and everlasting love.
The Old Red Bridge is adjacent to the new bridge located on Red Bridge Road between Holmes and Blue River Road in south Kansas City. The bridge is also a popular wedding location.
Purchase a Lock
Visit www.lock-itz.com to purchase a custom engraved lock with a portion of proceeds supporting KC Parks. Include “I LOVE KC Parks!” in the notes section when you order.
Lovelocks can be purchased at the Minor Park Golf Course Pro Shop.
Purchase a personalized #LoveKC (pictured), KC skyline, or Old Red Bridge lock at MakeLoveLocks.com
View more images of the Old Red Bridge Love Locks in our Facebook Photo Album or click on VIEW PHOTO GALLERY to the right.
Watch a video about the Old Red Bridge Love Locks.
History of the Old Red Bridge
In 1859, the first red bridge was built by Colonel George N. Todd, a 50-year old Scottish stonemason. The 100-foot span covered wooden bridge on stone piers was located just downstream from today’s bridges at the actual trail crossing. It was painted red, hence the origin of “Red Bridge.”
The original bridge was torn down in 1892 and a steel bridge, called a “tin” bridge, also painted red replaced it. The 1859 bridge was dismantled and the wood recycled into barns by local farmers.
A third and current Old Red Bridge replaced the 1892 “tin” bridge and was dedicated by Harry S. Truman in January 1933 during the Great Depression. The bridge is made of concrete, steel and red granite. It was built by Jackson County; Richard Wakefield was the architect.