Osage River Bridge Highway 7
New bridge that replaced the old Mo7 bridge seen on the left of the photo
Photo taken by Frank L. Gover
BH Photo #188756
Pic of the new bridge and the old bridge
You want to see a great view?
Go to Shawnee Bend public use area opposite Truman dam. There is a bluff that overlooks the "mile long bridge" and affords sweeping views looking south.
You can look out over these bluffs and see the entire bridge and its supports. You can see miles down the lake which used to be the right fork of the South Osage.
My mom & dad had a home at Racket. I still have memories of the area before Truman Dam impounded the Grand River & Osage River. The areas now underwater were so nice and the Bottom land with the big oak trees went on forever!!
All the old bridges in and around Racket & Warsaw are still in my memories. My family took photos of most of them.
When I was very young, I can remember crossing the "Mile Long Bridge" on the way to visit my grandparents in Mt. Zion. After the new bridge opened, it was actually a few years before the Corps demolished the truss bridge.
There's some really good BBQ to be had west of the bridge.
This photo is looking west from the Warsaw side of now Truman lake. If you look to the extreme left of the photo, you can see the old Truss bridge over the lower Osage River. The water in this area is very deep now! My father and i have fished in this area. Water depth goes to about 50 feet in some areas. The water depth in the old Osage river channel is about 70+.
When the water is low, the old bridge approach on the west end is visible. As you drive onto the "mile long bridge" toward Warsaw, look right quickly and you can see this.