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Old Appleton Bridge


View from southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Wrought-iron through truss bridge over Apple Creek on Main Street in Old Appleton
Old Appleton, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, and Perry County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians and bicyclists only
Built 1879 by H.W. Sebastian & Co. of St. Louis; washed away by flash flood on December 3, 1982; reconstructed 2005
- H.W. Sebastian & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
From north to south:
Two pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt pony trusses
One pin-connected, 9-panel wrought-iron Pratt through truss, 103 feet long
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 2009
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.59771, -89.71327   (decimal degrees)
37°35'52" N, 89°42'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/260463/4164643 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oak Ridge
Inventory numbers
NRHP 09000648 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 21116 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 14, 2018: New photos from John Christeson
  • August 19, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 27, 2015: New photos from John Christeson
  • March 28, 2013: New photo from John Christeson
  • December 25, 2012: New photo from James Baughn
  • July 28, 2011: New photo from John Christeson
  • September 3, 2009: Bridge has been listed on the NRHP
  • December 30, 2008: New photo from John Christeson
  • April 24, 2006: Posted photos from the dedication ceremony



Old Appleton Bridge
Posted December 10, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe this was one of James's favorites... Perhaps a consideration for memorializing him here!

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted February 3, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Jan, here's a picture of the Silver Dollar Tavern you mentioned. I took it in August 2011.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted February 3, 2012, by Jan Wucher Fravell (jfravell [at] aol [dot] com)

I did not know the bridge had been reconstructed. What a surprise!! Great job and many thanks to the efforts of those that made it possible. My Grandma, Victoria Wucher, lived up the hill. It was so exciting to go to "the bridge". Walking across it was an adventure as a child, the wood planks were not evenly spaced, you could see the water below, and I always felt a little bit like I might fall through the cracks. Of course I walked acrossed it, you had to in order to get to the Silver Dollar to get Dad for dinner! Great memories, playing in the creek, going to the IGA for treats, and the egg farm next door and the mystery of the old mill.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted June 24, 2011, by J Putnam (imasixfan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photographers beware! One of the neighbors of this bridge has verbally assaulted several people for trying to take pictures of this bridge. She claims it is her bridge and you aren't allowed to take pictures without her permission. I personally saw her do this.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted May 12, 2011, by Larry Schnurbusch

Lots of memories. Grew up in Old Appleton and jumped off this bridge many times to swim in Apple Creek.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted August 27, 2007, by DOROTHY (cordigansweater [at] aol [dot] com)

Hello. Both of my parents were born and raised in Old Appleton. My great-uncle owned the brewery before McGovern bought it. My Grandpa owned the saloon. We use to go fishing in the creek. We'd walk across the bridge, seemed everytime there was a car that had to cross. The memories that I and my 2 brothers have, are some of the most wonderful and happiest memories of our lives. God Bless all who care about Old Appleton.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted July 29, 2006, by Jane (Abbott) Maevers (Gwanny2 [at] aol [dot] com)

My grandpa used to live next to the post office and we used to swim and jump off the old bridge back in the 70's. My kids and I still go there from time to time and I am so glad they finally got the new bridge up. It hasn't been the same without a bridge connecting the two halves of the town.

Thank God and all those who helped for making sure it was a replica and not an ugly concrete eyesore.

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted April 27, 2006, by Janice Davis (jdavis2003 [at] charter [dot] net)

I just got back a few minutes ago from the bridge. As children, our families had cabins on the "creek". We went through several floods and survived them all. The last time I visited the area was before my mother died. She wanted to see what "was left after the flood". I wished she could be around today to see your new bridge. What a wonderful job you all did. Thank you. A few tears fell while I stood looking and remembering. Van's Tavern looks the same but much worn with age. As a child, I made the local paper along with my friend when we wrecked our mini bike motorcycles on the bridge.

Again thank you. GREAT JOB!!!

Old Appleton Bridge
Posted October 25, 2005, by Chris Bollinger (myangel_elizabeth [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank goodness MODOT didn't get their hands on this one. I remember riding across this bridge as a kid. It is really something special to see it back where it belongs.