5 votes

Clark Bridge


Looking SE

The bridge sits on abutments suggesting that it's in its original location.

Photo taken by Clark Vance in January 2011


BH Photo #191915




2016 visit, amateurish video skills, but you get the gyst...cool old thing


Some time in the years between 1880 and 1953 the South Grand River was channelized. This bridge crosses the 1880 channel. The 1953 map shows a different alignment from the modern one (that now bypasses the bridge) so the bridge may have been in use at that time despite the relocation of the river. A couple of hundred yards further south this road crosses the new channel on a UCEB that appears to have been there in the 1997 MSR aerial view. There is another UCEB about 1/4 mile east which crosses the East Branch. The MO historic bridge list may have some confusion between these three bridges.


Abandoned through truss bridge over Old Channel South Grand River on S. Hess Road/315th Street
Cass County, Missouri
Built 1880 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas [also known as Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.]
Wrought iron, pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.54515, -94.40101   (decimal degrees)
38°32'43" N, 94°24'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/377908/4267233 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 43 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 12
810 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
BH 42676 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck", "6-panel truss"
  • April 18, 2021: New photo from Neil Krout
  • March 17, 2021: New video from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 8, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 29, 2013: New photos from Clark Vance
  • August 29, 2011: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • July 12, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge still exists; thanks to Kelly McClanahan for spotting on Google Maps
  • June 4, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Clark Bridge
Posted April 18, 2021, by Luke

..That's literally what I said, that the river was likely relocated in 1929, requiring https://bridgehunter.com/mo/cass/5340022/ to be relocated as well.

Clark Bridge
Posted April 18, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thank you to both.

It looks like someone edited the description already.

Luke, I didn't see anything about a 1929 relocation and Nick had a good point - it looks to be sitting on its original stone abutments. By 1929, the abutments would likely have been poured concrete. Maybe the river was relocated in 1929?


Art S.

Clark Bridge
Posted April 18, 2021, by Luke

"Sometime in the years between 1880 and 1953 the South Grand River was channelized"

That means sometime between those dates it was channelized.

Given that the listing for the old river bridge says "Relocated 1929", that narrows it down, but I can't find a conclusive date (And I'm more focused on the Eureka Avenue truss in Iowa at the moment.)

Chances are they relocated the other bridge whilst keeping this bridge as an approach structure until it was bypassed

Clark Bridge
Posted April 18, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, somebody goofed in the description Art... bridge was built in 1880 according to the plaque. I would assume that the new channel was dredged closer to the 53' date and they just decided to build a new bridge rather than move the old.

Clark Bridge
Posted April 18, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Something doesn't make sense in the description. Its an 1880 bridge. Does that mean the bridge sits over the original river channel? If so, and channel was altered in 1885, why wasn't the bridge moved over the new channel? I'm probably just not reading the description correctly.


Art S.

Clark Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

a jumpy video clip posted to YouTube on our 2016 visit