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Long Shoal Bridge



This photo, taken 1965 by Jim Drake, shows the aftermath of the bridge's collapse

BH Photo #103618



Lost swinging bridge over South Grand River near the current bridge on MO 7
Benton County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built 1931; collapsed Sept. 21, 1965, killing three people
Wire suspension
Total length: 412.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.25611, -93.47500   (decimal degrees)
38°15'22" N, 93°28'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/458441/4234338 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shawnee Bend
Land survey
T. 40 N., R. 23 W., Sec. 16
Inventory number
BH 20856 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Benton County, Missouri (41)
Built 1908 (711)
Built during 1900s (7,224)
Lost (24,727)
Lost 1965 (78)
Lost during 1960s (740)
MO 7 (6)
Missouri (6,302)
Owned by state (15,983)
Suspension (705)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,224)

Update Log 

  • January 8, 2007: Posted photo of collapse from Jim Drake


  • Darrin Williams - DWilliams [at] Watlow [dot] com
  • Jim Drake


Long Shoal Bridge
Posted September 25, 2013, by Tammy (tammynickell [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am interested in knowing the names of the people that died in the bridge collapse September 21, 1965 in warsaw mo

Long Shoal Bridge
Posted December 29, 2010, by Scott Lowe (dayoffguy [at] aol [dot] com)

A short section of the old Hwy 7 alignment still exists next to New hwy 7 going towards Warsaw.

Part of the North section is now the swim beach road opposite Long Shoal Marina.

The old south alignment is now partial private property and corps of engineer property.

I do rem when the Corps was building the New Long Shoal bridge and we were still using the "old swing bridge". You could see the new bridge being built as you drove to Warsaw.

One weekend we came down to our lake home at Racket and the old road was blocked off and the new bridge was in service.

Old memories give way to new....

You can walk thru the woods to the old alignment and look north. The old road is intact and in fair condition. You can walk down to the water on the old road and really get a sense of the distance and water depth Long Shoal bridge covers.

Long Shoal Bridge
Posted December 6, 2010, by Scott Lowe (dayoffguy [at] aol [dot] com)

My parents had a lake home at Racket, Karrs Park till few years ago.

I have a photo of this bridge in my personal photo album. My father has "side scan" on his boat. I have seen similar images when we have fished this area.

My parents built their 1st lake home at Karrs Park in 1951. I have swam in the Grand and the Osage. My daughter learned to swim in Truman lake yards away from where myself and my brother swam when we were younger.

Myself, my daughter and some of her friends floated the Osage under the Swinging Bridge at Warsaw one summer.

Don't Do It!... the water patrol went nuts and pulled us out of the water. We were all wearing PFD's, ski vests.

Good to see the old swinging bridge is intact on the bottom. Many trips were taken over this bridge in my childhood.

Long Shoal Bridge
Posted April 22, 2010, by Doug Vahrenberg (imonem [at] ctcis [dot] net)

The Old Long Shoal Bridge is still around but lies on the bottom of Truman Lake. These are Side Images of the Old Swinging Bridge Near Long Shoal from my Humminbird Side Imaging Graph.

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