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Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2



These unlabeled photos, from an old family photo album, were submitted by Stefanie Laputz. It looks like both photos show the same bridge, although it's hard to tell for sure.

BH Photo #103620


Lost swinging bridge over Osage River in the Warsaw area
Benton County, Missouri
No longer exists
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.24386, -93.38781   (decimal degrees)
38°14'38" N, 93°23'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/466064/4232942 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 20858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Benton County, Missouri (42)
Lost (28,529)
Missouri (6,563)
Mystery (86)
Osage River (30)
Suspension (790)
Wire/cable Suspension (141)

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2006: Posted new photos


  • Stefanie Laputz - caelex [dot] gmail [dot] com


Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2
Posted April 29, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Could this be the Branstetter Bridge (Peal Bend)?


Benton County Swinging Bridges
Posted January 7, 2016, by Jim Weaver (jim [dot] weaver [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

Originally there were three swinging bridges out of Warsaw. The lower (Hackberry), the middle (Drake) and the upper bridge. These bridges were built in 1895, 1897, 1904. At least nine other swinging bridges were built in the county. The bridge noted below is the Long Shoal or Grand River Bridge. It was built in 1930 or 1931. It did fail when a loaded semi tried to cross the 5-ton limited bridge and the three people noted were killed. There was a bar on the north side of the bridge. I'd be interested in seeing a photo of the bridge mentioned in earlier posts.

Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2
Posted December 5, 2010, by Scott Lowe (dayoffguy [at] aol [dot] com)

The posting by Lana harvey and the mention of the swinging Bridge over the Grand River. This bridge was just below what now is Long Shoal marina. I have a pic of this bridge from the early 70's.

Yes an overloaded truck did take this bridge down. Yes there were fatalities.

The mention of the "tavern or inn". I do seem to rem a building as you approached the bridge. Can't really rem what the building was.

Karr lake was on the other side as you went up the hill, west side.

The road on the south side still exists, its private property.

Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2
Posted July 5, 2007, by Lana Harvey (klmperry [at] aol [dot] com)

At one time in the 1960's there were three swinging bridges near Warsaw. One was east of the town over the Grand River, one was near the marina in town and the third was seveal miles down 7 Highway I think. There was a little Inn or tavern sort of place on the north side of the bridge. I remember a trucker took too much weight over it, and it went down. He and his wife and child were killed in the accident. Maybe a check in the old papers would lead you to the answer on the names of the bridges

Mystery Swinging Bridge No. 2
Posted May 4, 2007, by Darrin Williams (darrinwilliams [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge very well could be the original Upper Bridge in Warsaw. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1924.