Rating:
6 votes

Mystery Bridge

Photos 

Still a mystery--

It looks like it could handle a car but I might want to pull in the mirrors on my truck.

Photo taken by Clark Vance in December 2010

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BH Photo #191080

Map 

Description 

This bridge was stored here for a few years then was move to new location.

Facts 

Overview
Mystery bowstring-like bridge now sitting in a field off MO 58
Location
Cass County, Missouri
Status
Moved to new location
Future prospects
I have found it on Google Earth, it moved a few miles down the road, on MO 58, just off Rt. BB.
History
Stored at this location for a few years
Design
Modern bowstring pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.78419, -94.31931   (decimal degrees)
38°47'03" N, 94°19'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/385410/4293654 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pleasant Hill
Inventory number
BH 45631 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Modern pony truss"
  • December 30, 2010: New photos from Clark Vance
  • July 12, 2010: Added by James Baughn based on a tip from Kelly McClanahan

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

Mystery Bridge
Posted April 13, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

I am not sure but the bridge might have been moved to another location...I think I might have seen it along MO Highway 58, between Rt 7 and MO 291. I will try and look for it again if I am in the area.

Mystery Bridge
Posted October 9, 2015, by Kelly McClanahan

Went by this afternoon, and the bridge is now gone. There is some concrete culverts in the area now, but the bridge is gone. My guess it is now in use, but out of view.

Mystery Bridge
Posted October 31, 2014, by Matt (Matt [at] rmlcontracting [dot] com)

Does anyone know who the owner may be of this bridge? I am interested in possible purchase for the bridge for use on my personal property.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 1, 2013, by Anonymous

I think this was a pedestrian bridge from a park or golf course.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 1, 2013, by Zachary S

Eh, modern or not, it's interesting enough that I'd vote on it staying. There are many far worse things on here than this, lol.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Posting sign is gone and there's no fence along the road so I got in for a closer look. I suggest we consider this for deletion--it's really nothing special.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 31, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It actually reminds me of a crest from an old roller coaster. Just sayin'...

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 30, 2010, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It looks like a portable, temporary bridge for light vehicular use. The angle of the tangent where the deck intersects the ground would only work for high vehicles moving very slowly. I've never seen anything like it used in construction.

Still a mystery until someone figures out what it is and where it came from.

I used to pull in to this drive 40+ years ago when it was the entry to "Lake Winnebago South", a group of lots around what was supposed to be a second recreational lake. The entry had a guard house and a divided drive with a planted median. A graveled road ran through the woods and some of the lots were cleared, mowed regularly, and had signs "Future home of" so-and-so. You could pull in a couple of hundred yards and get on the east side of an abandoned quarry where the chat piles were a backstop for target shooting. Legal wrangling over the failed development went on for thirty years with those property owners getting less than half their investment back. I don't know who owns the place now, but the bridge is a recent addition, and the chained gate that made me choose not to get closer for photographs.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 30, 2010, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] Aol [dot] com)

I drive by this just about everyday, I talked to the guy next door at the auto shop (I am a parts driver) and they know thing about it, but several people have asked about it.

Mystery Bridge
Posted December 30, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This appears to be a fairly modern looking (and likely welded) truss bridge. Usually you see these light-duty spans on trails, but this one was obviously built wide enough for vehicle use.