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Hawkins Ford Bridge



Photo taken by Brian Roos

BH Photo #104774

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Two-span pony truss bridge over Finley Creek on Seneca Road
Christian County, Missouri
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
Built 1915 by the Canton Bridge Co.; relocated here in 1966
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Two pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt pony trusses
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.97487, -93.32788   (decimal degrees)
36°58'30" N, 93°19'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/470817/4092134 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 26 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 10
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MO 022-382000.4 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 22937 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21247 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 8, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 15, 2012: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added historical name.
  • June 26, 2006: Posted photos from Brian Roos


Dakota Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yet another bridge that Missouri (wrongly) thinks is at the end of its life. http://ccheadliner.com/news/modot-closes-green-bridge/articl...

Dakota Road Bridge
Posted June 1, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The height of the trusses really does'nt matter. I've seen very short ponies, and some that are quite tall. The overhead struts, top lateral bracing, and the sway bracing(on larger bridges) is what constitutes a thru truss. Any truss bridge without at least the overhead struts would be considered a pony truss. This of course is with the trusses above the roadway......if they are below, it is a deck truss.

Dakota Road Bridge
Posted June 1, 2007, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

Is there a certain heighth requirment for the truss to be considered a pony truss as opposed to a through truss? I have seen bridges that are listed as a pony that is quite a bit shorter in heighth than the one pictured here. I understand that the through truss is held together at the top by cross angles and such, but the fact that this bridge posted here is completely opened and is taller than most ponies I have seen. Can someone help me differeniate the heighths and what constitutes a pony truss? Is there a possibility that the pony truss is a certain design rather than the shorter version of the through truss? Harold