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Ember Avenue Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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BH Photo #164241



Wrought iron through truss bridge over Sampson Creek on Ember Avenue (CR 330)
Daviess County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1893 by the Dildine Bridge Co.; later moved here
- Dildine Bridge Co. of Cameron, Missouri
Wrought iron, pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 131.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06633, -94.15610   (decimal degrees)
40°03'59" N, 94°09'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/401410/4435759 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 29 W., Sec. 22
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MO 031-330000.9 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 21916 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21423 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 10, 2016: New photos from Neil Krout
  • September 8, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • May 5, 2010: New photos from James Baughn


  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Ember Avenue Bridge
Posted April 21, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony: You are correct, however rehabilitation of the historic bridge would not meet the project purpose and need which is to provide the public with the ugliest possible bridge while also furthering a goal of total destruction of transportation heritage. You can't really put a price on the value of such a wonderful outcome.

Ember Avenue Bridge
Posted April 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The historic bridge could have been rehabilitated for a fraction of what that slab cost... And for 15 cars a day I'm thinking it will take 200 years to pay it off! (Oh wait...it won't last over 50!)

Ember Avenue Bridge
Posted April 17, 2016, by Neil Krout (kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Inventorying the Forest Ave., and Ember Ave. bridges...