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Riverside Bridge



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Two-span Pratt through truss bridge over Finley Creek on Riverside Drive north of Ozark in Ozark
Christian County, Missouri
Relocated to Bass-Pro to be restored and relocated at their site
Built 1909 by the Canton Bridge Co. at Ozark Mill and later relocated here; reopened Aug. 23, 2013 ; dismantled July 2015
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Two pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through trusses, two steel stringer approach spans.
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 273.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.04301, -93.19530   (decimal degrees)
37°02'35" N, 93°11'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/482633/4099661 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 27 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 14
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MO 022-209001.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 19056 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 27, 2019: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost
  • February 14, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Available for adaptive reuse
  • September 9, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 23, 2013: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • March 20, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge is no longer doomed: The bridge is going to be repaired and reopened
  • July 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge is a Pratt
  • April 5, 2012: New photos from Jason Smith
  • April 3, 2012: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 19, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • September 21, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge failed an inspection and is now closed to traffic
  • February 25, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Tweaked Coordinates For Bridge
  • January 10, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge status to doomed.


  • Nathan Holth
  • Christian County Headliner - "County to tear down, replace Riverside Bridge - Jan. 7, 2010"
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Larry Dooley
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net


Riverside Bridge
Posted April 7, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

A success story that should echo throughout the country. https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/04/07/riv... Well done, everyone! :-)

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 30, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Riverside Bridge
Posted November 27, 2019, by Anonymous

I thought that this bridge was in storage. Did it get scrapped?

Riverside Bridge
Posted July 19, 2018, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Looks like Bass Pro is stepping up to restore - and move - this bridge:


Riverside Bridge
Posted July 16, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Bad news everyone: Flood damage has prompted te closure of the Riverside Bridge again, by orders of MoDOT. A replacement bridge is most likely even though officials would like to keep the historic bridge. More here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/07/17/riverside-b...

Riverside Bridge
Posted August 23, 2013, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge has reopened to traffic as of today (23 August 2013)

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I called the engineer to ask for requirements. No call back as of yet.

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nothing annoys me more than highway agencies that force people to pay money just to view the plans for a project. In the digital age, plans and spec should be posted online for free. Some states do this, obviously that's not the case here. $50 just to view plans for a short term replacement project is ridiculous.

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

INVITATION TO BID Ozark Special Road District -

INVITATION TO BID Ozark Special Road District - Riverside Bridge Repairs Sealed proposals, addressed to: Ozark Special Road District 905 Riverside Road Ozark, Missouri 65721 An endorsed "Proposal for the Repair to the Riverside Bridge, will be received by the Ozark Special Road District until 10:00 o'clock A.M.(Prevailing Local Time) on the 4th day of April, at the office of the Ozark Special Road District Commission Office, 905 Riverside Road, Ozark, MO 65721 and at that time will be publicly opened and read. The proposed work includes: Bridge Repairs to the Riverside Bridge Special Needs: If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify Amy Russell, at (417) 581-4100, or through Missouri Relay System, TDD 1-800-725-2966, at least five (5) working days prior to the bid opening you plan to attend. The wage rates applicable to this project have been predetermined as required by law and are set forth in the contract documents. When Federal wage rates are applicable and included, this contract is subject to the "Work Hours Act of 1962", (P.L. 87-581: 76 Stat. 357) and implementing regulations. The Ozark Special Road District hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, ancestry, or national origin in consideration for an award. Plans and specifications may be purchased at the offices of Great River Associates, 2826 South Ingram Mill, Springfield, MO 65804, upon payment of $50.00 for each set for the project, which is not refundable. All checks for plans and specifications are to be made payable to Great River Associates. The plans and specifications will be mailed upon payment of $25.00 for shipping and handling, for a total of $75.00 for each set. The shipping and handling charge will be waived if the prospective bidder contacts the Engineer with a valid account number for shipping services such as Federal Express, etc., so that the shipping cost is billed to the bidder. Proposals must be on forms provided. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. Ozark Special Road District

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 21, 2013, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

a repair estimate should have been generated years ago.

First thing to do..... Before a non profit or status on a register. If one doesn't know the scope and costs the fight is just emotional which doesn't sway engineers, for one.

We sent our movie to the ozark roads team. Maybe that helped. Remember it is on YouTube under workin' bridges. I will be posting more craftsmanship techniques soon.

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 20, 2013, by Luke Harden

Turns out that the full article states that the bridge is only being temporarily repaired as a "short term solution" and still has the potential to be destroyed.

The reason they are not doing a long term repair is because the county would have to pay back the B.R.O. funds they received in 2010 for the replacement project in order to do that, which is $100,000.

The cost to rebuilt is a slightly over 1 million USD, so why they aren't just fixing it ALL the way up and repaying the $100,000 is beyond me.

Riverside Bridge
Posted March 20, 2013, by Luke Harden
Riverside Bridge
Posted July 26, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Luke. Can you change that in the description?

Riverside Bridge
Posted July 26, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

It's a pratt.

Riverside Bridge
Posted July 26, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Workin' Bridges is weighing in on this project with the County Commissioners. Here is a letter accompanying the documentary.

One question: No one has labeled the truss type on this bridge. It appears to be a Pratt to me. Any help appreciated.

July 27, 2012

Christian County Commissioners

100 Church Street

Ozark, MO 65721

I have been doing some research on your Riverside Bridge project and read with interest the various proposals for the future of these spans. I wanted to add one more thought to this process. Workin' Bridges has consulted with various city and county officials in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan and Iowa from the viewpoint of “Restoration In-Kind”.

In each case Workin' Bridges supplied a Scope of Work and Estimate so that effective, well informed decisions could be made. In each case, the outcome has been different. For instance:

Long Shoals Bridge- 1903 165' Parker truss is in the process for permission to move by the Keeper of the National Register for Historic Places. In this case it will be eligible for grant funding for restoration through the Kansas State Historical Society, who were instrumental in the approval for moving a bridge. Site is a big part of NRHP consideration for a move of a historic resource. It will become the centerpiece of the new Fort Scott Riverfront Park. This park is a joint effort on the part of Fort Scott and Bourbon County and has been award 1.6 million to date for the creation of road system and the bridge piers are included in those funds. I include the Scope of Work for this project for information sake only.

Piano Bridge – 79' Pratt Truss was engineered by TxDOT and returned to vehicular service in April 2012. I enclose the documentary which showcases all of the construction process and techniques for working with iron and steel bridges. Heat straightening eyebars, repairing lattice work and guard rails, hot riveting vertical connections, pad welding and replacing vertical I-Beams are demonstrated. The Piano Bridge can carry the loading for a school bus or emergency equipment. Texas is now bidding the restoration of spans similar to Riverside in Robertson County and hot riveting will be specified as the repair technique because of the work done on Piano Bridge.

Springfield Bowstring, Faulker County Arkansas – an 1874 King Iron Bridge is going through the grant writing process utilizing our estimate and scope of work for the detail necessary. It will remain over the Arkansas River but is pedestrian only located in a park.

The Riverside Bridge,1909 Canton Bridge Co. consists of two pin-connected, 6-panel through trusses with two steel stringer approach spans is considered eligible for the NRHP listing but we understand that if only county funds are being used that it doesn't need to go through the Section 106 review. However, if the bridge is not moved to a setting similar as in over the river it will most likely not be allowed to move and stay on the list which would eliminate any funding from that source. The Cascade Bridge in Burlington, Iowa is going through an expensive analysis because they didn't follow the rules for Section 106 and FWHA will not let them move forward with a bridge replacement until this is completed. W'B did not win the bid on the cnosulting project which required IaDOT certification.

We want to make sure that you all know that another engineering viewpoint is available through our services. A viewpoint that has been created with over 30 years experience in historic truss bridges in Michigan and the collaboration with the craftsman's deep understanding of the materials utilized and how to restore using similar materials. A viewpoint that will give you our assessament of whether this bridge can be repaired and what those cost estimates are. All things considered our moderate fee can save a lot of time and move a project forward and we would be happy to work with your county engineers or those from Great River Engineering.


Julie Bowers

Executive Director

Riverside Bridge
Posted August 15, 2011, by David A. Shaw (scpry1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice artwork!

Riverside Bridge
Posted August 14, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This would be awesome on a T-shirt.....I'd buy one!

Great job Molly!

Riverside Bridge
Posted August 14, 2011, by Molly Hill (enochsknobridge [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's some artwork I did for Kris of the riverside bridge.. " Sunrise on Riverside"

Riverside Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Kris Dyer (saveriversidebridge [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't believe I haven't ever posted a message on here before, shame on me! I am the person that started the Save the Riverside Bridge initiative and I wanted to introduce myself. The Riverside Bridge is such a beautiful bridge that needs your support, it is almost 102 years old and we have held the county commission off from tearing down the bridge. Please visit our Facebook site by going to our web domain (website not finished yet but goes to the Facebook site). www.saveriversidebridge.com

Riverside Bridge
Posted December 24, 2010, by Jacob Woods (jwoods484 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a wonderful unique bridge, it is rare to find a historic bridge like this we need to save it!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Riverside Bridge
Posted December 2, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

If you are on Facebook, there is a page for the Riverside Bridge:


Riverside Bridge
Posted December 2, 2010, by Steve Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I live in Indiana but I couldn't agree more with what Renee has said about bridges like this. They are beautiful, and they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. After all, those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

Riverside Bridge
Posted April 8, 2010, by renee barclift (vintagegardens [at] mowisp [dot] net)

let's KEEP THIS BRIDGE as long as we can!!!! use it for foot traffic only and keep the surroundings just as they are for our kids and grandkids and their kids.

do you realize how valuable something as beautiful as this is???!!! it adds value to our lives.