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Osage River MO 7 Bridge



This photo was taken July 1978 by Robert L. Hayden for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #103622


Lost through truss bridge over Osage River on MO 7 (formerly MO 35) west of Warsaw
Benton County, Missouri
Built 1930; replaced in the 1970s by a new bridge with the creation of Truman Reservoir
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.23606, -93.41713   (decimal degrees)
38°14'10" N, 93°25'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/463494/4232089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Warsaw West
Inventory number
BH 20859 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Benton County, Missouri (42)
Built 1930 (1,837)
Built during 1930s (12,170)
Cantilevered (309)
Cantilevered truss (250)
HAER documented (1,122)
Lost (28,535)
MO 7 (6)
Missouri (6,563)
Osage River (30)
Owned by state (16,564)
Through truss (16,817)
Truss (35,503)
Warren through truss (1,705)
Warren truss (7,004)

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Osage River MO 7 Bridge
Posted November 8, 2010, by Scott Lowe (dayoffguy [at] aol [dot] com)

This was the Second of Three suspension bridges going toward Warsaw Missouri.

The First I have a pic of from family photo album. First "suspension swing" bridge was just southwest of now Long Shoal marina near Racket Missouri. The remains of this bridge now lie on the bottom of Truman Lake. My father has a pic of the bridge after a collapse in the late 60's.

The Second was the "Truss bridge" in this website. I remember going over this bridge also. I remember when the new "mile long" bridge was being built as Truman lake was being impounded. We had to loop under the "mile long" bridge that was then under construction. I remember the nets that were strung under the soon to be New bridge. This was to stop dropped tools and "catch" workers if they fell..

The Third was the "swinging" bridge at Warsaw. My family has several photos out old Chevy station wagon on this bridge. There are stories told that the Osage River is VERY DEEP under this bridge.

My parents had a home at Racket Missouri on the Grand River. My brother and i spent our childhood and later years there. I remember the Iron Truss bridge on Tebo a tributary of the Grand River/Osage river. This bridge was blowen out. Only the bridge casemates remain.

There was a little knowen "privately" owned "swinging" bridge on the Burton Family property at Racket. It was in the bottom land on a back road that led to Warsaw. I have used sonar to find it. I have imaged the concrete end casemates and can make out images of the wire decking.

These are great days to remember. Old bridges that cannot be lost to memory.