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Gipsy Bridge

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Overview of the old bridge

This was taken April 2002. Within a year, none of the bridge remained.

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Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Castor River north of Gipsy on CR 736
Location
Bollinger County, Missouri
Status
Demolished in Summer 2002 and replaced with a boring concrete bridge
History
Built 1911-12 at Greenbrier (?); relocated here in 1927
Builders
- Missouri Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Relocation and approaches)
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri (Main span)
Design
Southern span: Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Northern span: Pin-connected, half-hip Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 111.8 ft.
Total length: 222.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.15745, -90.18246   (decimal degrees)
37°09'27" N, 90°10'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/750203/4116056 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gipsy
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 28
Elevation
398 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 20876 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Comments 

Gipsy Bridge
Posted March 8, 2009, by M. Kerr (dolphinsecho1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My family ran the campground at Gipsy Bridge Park back in the 70's and I have many fond memories from there. I remember the bridge used to terrify me when I learned to drive & had to navigate across it in a Chevy Impala, but I soon conquered that fear! I miss the "Big Bridge" as we used to call it. (There was a smaller one about 1/2 mile up the road we called the "little bridge") It had great personality & character. The new bridge that replaced it may be stronger, but it's just not the same.

Gipsy Bridge
Posted June 5, 2006, by Dale (dalebidge [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Camping at Gipsy was great! Every summer when I was a kid, my whole extended family got together for a week of fun and togetherness. I have begun searching for another spot like the Gipsy bridge campground so that all of my cousins and I can keep the tradition going with our kids, but no luck so far. So much for progress...

Gipsy Bridge
Posted March 1, 2006, by John Williams (jcwill [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember camping at the old Gypsy Bridge Campground as a child/teenager. (in the 1970's) There was a square dance stage set up there, and on one side of the bridge there was a small trail that led up to a gorgeous overview of the river.

Thanks for letting me see that fine old bridge one last time!

John