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Linden Bridge


1961 collapse

Photo taken by Donna Baxter


BH Photo #272869


Lost through truss bridge over Finley Creek on MO 125
Christian County, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1904 by the Canton Bridge Co.; collapsed 1961
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.04546, -93.13358   (decimal degrees)
37°02'44" N, 93°08'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/488121/4099923 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 27 N., R. 20 W., Sec. 16
Inventory number
BH 47267 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1904 (629)
Built during 1900s (7,936)
Canton Bridge Co. (217)
Christian County, Missouri (19)
Lost (31,792)
Lost 1961 (126)
Lost during 1960s (1,138)
Missouri (6,592)
Owned by state (16,770)
Pin-connected (5,423)
Pratt through truss (6,413)
Pratt truss (10,843)
Replaced by new bridge (21,683)
Through truss (19,026)
Truss (38,307)

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • December 8, 2010: Added by James Baughn based on tip from Kris Dyer


  • Luke


Linden Bridge fallen with car
Posted January 26, 2014, by Kris Dyer (kriscosmuffins [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's another picture of the Linden Bridge that shows the car that hit it and the destruction

Linden Bridge Replacement Oct 28th 1962
Posted January 19, 2014, by Kris Dyer (saveriversidebridge [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a photo and clip of a news article about the bridge that was built to replace the Lindenlure Bridge Oct 28th 1962

Linden Bridge
Posted January 14, 2014, by Kris Dyer (saveriversidebridge [at] gmail [dot] com)

Donna Baxter took this picture of the Linden Bridge April 1961 after it collapsed with a vehicle on it. She said "Photo I took in April 1961 right after the Linden Bridge fell with a car on it. The first news was someone needing the party line because "the bridge just fell down. I went immediately to the east side of the river and took the photo.I believe 2 people were in the car but were not killed."

Linden Bridge
Posted May 27, 2012, by MatchGirl (kito [dot] riley [at] aol [dot] com)


The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the bed and banks of all rivers are owned are owned by the state, to be held in trust for the use of the public. These precedents are collectively known as the Public Trust Doctrine and they apply equally to all the states of the Union. Under these precedents, rivers are public, including the dry banks up to the ordinary high water mark. In laymen's terms, the ordinary high water mark is the clearly defined line where the vegetation and grasses die off and the gravel banks begin.

The Christian County government is attempting to block the public's access to the Finley River at the Linden dam in direct violation of federal and state law. Under those laws, all rivers in the United States are public, including the dry gravel banks up to the high water mark. If you love Linden and are tired of big government abusing its authority, help us fight this!