We have all likely heard of love locks, closely associated with the bridges of Paris. As a testament to their everlasting love, couples etch their initials or names and the date into a padlock, lock it to a bridge, and toss the key into the water below. While many associate love locks with Paris, the tradition is said to go back to World War I in Serbia. A young couple fell in love and got engaged before he went off to war. He fell in love with another, ended the engagement, and his first fiancé died of heartbreak. From then on, women in love would put the names of their beloved and their own on a padlock and lock it to a bridge. That tradition has made its way to Old Red Bridge, home to love locks in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Have you been to Old Red Bridge to see the love locks in Kansas City, Missouri? Did you add one? Share your experience in the comments! While you’re in the area, how about visiting one of these state parks near Kansas City, Missouri?

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