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Freeman Bridge



Not certain of the date it was lost. It appears in 1996 satellite images, but was gone by the 2003 images. NBI listing shows the replacement bridge was built in 1998.


Lost bowstring pony truss bridge over South Grand River on E. 269th Street, just north of Freeman
Cass County, Missouri
Bypassed by a new road alignment and a new bridge, old bridge removed.
Built ca. 1875, probably by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; replaced 1998
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
Bowstring pony truss
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 98.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63095, -94.50719   (decimal degrees)
38°37'51" N, 94°30'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/368811/4276901 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Line
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 12
Inventory numbers
MO 019-299000.3 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 42677 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: updated status, added "lost" date
  • June 4, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Freeman Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

The truss bridge on 5th Street / connects S. Rodier Rd and heads back up to the site of the former bowstring. The 5th Street bridge is actually Price & Colburn pony over McKee Creek. I visited P&C Oct 24th, 2016 and took extensive pics. I was not aware of the bowstring location north of twon or I would have investigated while I was visiting my in-laws in Belton, MO. It is on list now.


Freeman Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to bing's bird's eye view, that's just a normal pony truss, not a bowstring pony.

Freeman Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like there is a truss bridge off of 5th Street in Freeman. I am not familiar with the area however.

Freeman Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Explorer (missionsalbc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think this bridge is actually intact. There is a bridge just north of the location of the new bridge that goes directly into Freeman. It's down a dirt road just before crossing the new bridge going west (just past the PWSD #7 inlet station). It's closed off by concrete barricades. I tried to find it on the west bank, but I could not locate it.

Freeman Bridge
Posted August 26, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Googleearth imagery shows the old alignment in 1996, but a new alignment and no evidence of the old bridge still extant in 2003.

So I think it's gone...