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St. Joseph Swing Bridge (Old)

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CBQ - Missori River Bridge

Replaced with a new Bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2019

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BH Photo #461189

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Missouri River on Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Location
St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, and Doniphan County, Kansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1873; Replaced 1904
Builder
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
Railroads
- St. Joseph & Denver City Railroad (StJ&DC)
- St. Joseph & Grand Island Railway (StJ&GI)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pratt through truss swing
Also called
Grand Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.75368, -94.85849   (decimal degrees)
39°45'13" N, 94°51'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/340786/4402070 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87307 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder & other info
  • November 25, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler

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St. Joseph Swing Bridge (Old)
Posted January 6, 2021, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

Older maps indicate there was a bridge here before 1904 when construction of the newer bridge started. County and state records indicate it was replaced due to cast iron structural deficiencies that were used in the original bridge construction and failure rate of other bridges caused its replacement before catastrophic failure.