4 votes

Burfordville Covered Bridge



This is probably one of the most photographed sites in Southeast Missouri

Photo taken by James Baughn

Request this photo

BH Photo #104423



Compiled by James Baughn

Constructed started by Joseph Lansman
ca. 1867
Bridge completed
Contractor paid $390 by the county to make extensive repairs
Made obsolete by new bridges on MO 34
Another set of extensive repairs made
May 19, 1970
Officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Roof destroyed by high winds and replaced with wood shingles
Repairs made to keep the bridge from collapsing after dry rot was discovered
Bridge reconstructed with new lower chords and iron tension rods


Covered bridge over Whitewater River at Bollinger Mill Historic Site in Burfordville
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only, except during special events
Future prospects
Preserved as part of a state historic site
Construction started 1858 by Joseph Lansman, but not completed until ca. 1867
14-panel covered Howe through truss with wooden diagonals and iron verticals
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 140.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 19, 1970
Also called
Bollinger Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.36835, -89.80245   (decimal degrees)
37°22'06" N, 89°48'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/251831/4139420 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
Survey No. 308 (T. 31 N., R. 11 E.)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 25-16-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 70000325 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 21084 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2021: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 28, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • April 8, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • February 27, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 28, 2013: New photos from John Christeson
  • August 20, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • November 26, 2010: New photo from James Baughn
  • November 12, 2010: New photos from John Christeson
  • March 16, 2009: New photo from Joe Virruso


  • "Missouri's Covered Bridges" - Article by Dorothy Caldwell in the Jan. 1967 issue of Missouri Historical Review (Vol. LXI, No. 2)
  • Joe Virruso - virrusofamily [at] att [dot] net
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Joe Sonderman
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • HABS MO-1307 - Bollinger Covered Bridge & Mill, Burfordville, Cape Girardeau County, MO
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Burfordville Covered Bridge
Posted February 23, 2022, by Michelle Clayton (mcalvin25 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow! Talk about memories. I actually grew up about 2 miles ftom the covered bridge towards Scopus direction. We used to jump from the top of the bridge into the water. We would also stand behind the dam's waterfall and walk the length of the bridge. We would hike up to the cemetery and just have a great time! I attended 5th and 6th grades in the middle 80's there in Burfordville. The fake owls in the top of the bridge were always creepy to me. Glad it's still standing!!

Burfordville Covered Bridge
Posted November 19, 2007, by Karen (kthiers [at] sbc [dot] net)

I saw this bridge back in 1979 when I visited cousins in MO. Since then I've only seen one other in New Hampshire. I live in California and I doubt we have any in this state. I'm glad to see that it and the mill are still standing. I will have to share this picture with my brother who was with me on that trip.

Burfordville Covered Bridge
Posted March 6, 2006, by Vickie Massey (ladycobra1010 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i grew up just 3 miles from this bridge and even went to school my 5th and 6th grade years at Burfordville School. I remember hauling hay as a kid from the hayfield just past the covered bridge, which was my great uncle joe's property. We brought some pretty good loads of hay across that bridge and all of our equipment as well. that was when the bridge was open for all traffic. i then got married in the yard beside of the old mill with the view of the covered bridge in the background. That place has a lot of memories for me and they all make me smile!

Burfordville Covered Bridge
Posted January 9, 2006, by brian fedex

i love covered bridges...