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Laflin Bridge


From southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #103722



Lost through truss bridge over Crooked Creek southwest of Laflin on CR 408, just beyond the end of Route U
Bollinger County, Missouri
Demolished to make way for replacement bridge
Built 1908 by Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co.; closed to traffic Dec. 15, 2003; main span demolished Apr. 13, 2005; replacement bridge opened Jan. 2006
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 285.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.27169, -89.89255   (decimal degrees)
37°16'18" N, 89°53'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/243521/4128935 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marble Hill
Land survey
T. 30 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
MO 009-124002.4 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 16555 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 20883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 5, 2006: Posted photo of replacement bridge


  • Marble Hill Banner Press - various issues


Laflin Bridge
Posted March 28, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Laura: I'm not sure where the plaque from the Laflin Bridge ended up. The Bollinger County Archives & Genealogical Center in Marble Hill might know the answer.


Laflin Bridge
Posted March 26, 2018, by Laura Sample Inman (LauraInman65 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My Grandfather David Rudolph Sample's name is on the plaque that was on this bridge. I truly would like to find the plaque if at all possible. He was a surveyor in Bollinger County in the early 1900's. it shows the plaque in photo # 103734. The photo was taken by James Baughn. the new bridge was built in 2006. Laura Inman

Laflin Bridge
Posted March 26, 2018, by Charles E. Sample (cesample1946 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My Grandfather D. R. Sample was the surveyor for this bridge. Does anyone know where the plaque might be today?

Laflin Bridge
Posted November 22, 2011, by Andrew Green (Agreen719 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My Granpa Ervin Arnzen used to take us here as kids to go swimming. I did not know they had demolished the bridge it was scary but full of memories.

Laflin Bridge
Posted November 15, 2006, by Jerry Upchurch (upchurjw [at] bp [dot] com)

This was a very scary bridge to cross with farm eqp when you were only about 12 or 13 years old.

Laflin Bridge
Posted December 14, 2005, by jj (smurfblue3 [at] excite [dot] com)

me and my freind martin arzen use to cross this thing every tuesday night to go to leopold it was on of the funnest brides to cross when we started driving.