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Bear Creek Bridge



Photo taken July 2005 by Bob Estes

BH Photo #104731


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 1620
Cedar County, Missouri
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1917 by the Canton Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1988
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 125.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Also called
Low Brown Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.65336, -93.63751   (decimal degrees)
37°39'12" N, 93°38'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/443765/4167546 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 34 N., R. 25 W., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MO 020-287000.2 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 21045 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 31, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 30, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed wayward coordinates
  • July 29, 2005: Posted photos from Bob Estes



Bear Creek Bridge
Posted December 16, 2009, by J.M. (jmforge [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Bear Creek bridge is currently undergoing "bank stabilization" as of this date of Dec. 2009. It is slated for possible destruction if Cedar County gets its way. Local residents (all 20+ of us) were left somewhat in the dark about this demolition and do not want the bridge to be dismantled. Currently the bridge is safe, but if Modot is left with the decision the bridge will be destroyed. The only people (Stockton and Fair Play residents as well as MFA Propane employees) who want its demise are those who seek to turn 1620 road into a "short cut" from Stockton, MO to Fair Play, MO. This will be sad when it happens as Cedar County has few enough historical structures still standing.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2008, by WmKeith (wmkeithbone [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The 2006 dates of the previous message pictures were in error. I did not realize my camera was miss-dated the pictures should have read 2008/07/10 sorry for any confusion


Bear Creek Bridge
Posted July 10, 2008, by Wm Keith (wmkeithbone [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just drove over the old Bear Creek Bridge on Missouri Cedar County Road 1620. The Bridge as built in 1917 is still intact, however in need of repair. I took pictures of the Bridge Plaque and the car crossing the bridge. This Bear Creek Bridge has not been destroyed as of today.


Bear Creek Bridge
Posted November 18, 2007, by Bob Estes (bestesyet [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Another one bites the dust! After a long fight by locals, the Bear Creek Bridge is being replaced by a modern bridge. When I saw it the flooring and plaques had been removed, preparatory to demolition.

This was one of the most picturesque bridges in the county. It was in a country setting, where is crossed the millpond above the dam at the site of one of the earliest gristmills in the county. The mill is gone but the dam remains. I am deeply saddened by the demise of this bridge.