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Cowan Bridge



Photo taken July 2005 by Bob Estes

BH Photo #104740


Through truss bridge over Sac River on CR 400
Cedar County, Missouri
Built 1919 by the Pioneer Construction Co.
- Pioneer Construction Co. of Malvern, Arkansas
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 405.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Metcalf Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.83581, -93.83326   (decimal degrees)
37°50'09" N, 93°49'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/426678/4187925 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Caplinger Mills
Land survey
T. 35 N., R. 26 W., Sec. 16
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 14464 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 020-068000.8 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MO 020-095000.1 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2022: New photos from James Hinkle
  • August 25, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
  • January 29, 2013: New photos from Karen Daniels
  • August 31, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 18, 2011: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 7, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • July 29, 2005: Posted photos from Bob Estes


  • Bob Estes - bestes2000 [at] qwest [dot] net
  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Karen Daniels
  • James Hinkle


Cowan Bridge
Posted February 13, 2016, by Dino Strunk

I just viewed this bridge yesterday (2/12/2016). This bridge is now closed.

Cowan Bridge
Posted February 3, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I don't know because I don't post often to this website, but in my work on HistoricBridges.org sometimes when I am working with my photos I find that photos are not rotated properly. I discovered this is because some cameras embed code to tell programs to rotate a photo (different from actually rotating a photo in an editor). Its called an EXIF code, and it defines a rotation. It is a HUGE pain in the butt because some programs recognize it and others don't. For example, the built-in windows viewer does not but Google Picasa does. Worse, sometimes the camera records it wrong. I downloaded a program that automatically wipes the EXIF rotation, which has been working for me.

Cowan Bridge
Posted February 2, 2014, by Bridgeman Bob (bobsclark [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lame when somebody posts a bunch of pics here and can't even bother to orientate them properly!