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Grand River Bridge


View from southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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Whipple through truss bridge over Grand River on 137th Street
Daviess County, Missouri
Abandoned with deck partially missing
Built 1883 by the Kansas City Bridge & Iron Co.; closed to traffic in the 1990s. Road originally called number 5 and ran between Pattonsburg and Santa Rosa Missouri. Highway 69, built in 1932 paralleled this road and bridge just 1 mile east
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Kansas City Bridge & Iron Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
From north to south:
One pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt pony truss
One pin-connected, 11-panel, wrought iron Whipple through truss
One pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 331.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old Road number 5 bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.02140, -94.13266   (decimal degrees)
40°01'17" N, 94°07'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/403345/4430746 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 60 N., R. 29 W., Sec. 10
Inventory numbers
MO 031-317000.8 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 42709 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • May 5, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • June 4, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Grand River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, I know that all of you are probably staring at the incredible Whipple truss...

But, I was looking at the pony span, and I was paying special attention to the outriggers. I cannot tell for sure if they are cruciform or not. If, and this is a big if, but if they are cruciform, then perhaps the Kansas City Bridge & Iron Co. might be another company that used cruciform outriggers. This would not be too much of a surprise given that cruciform iron was readily available at one time and the related Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works used it.

This is a highly significant bridge on many levels.

Grand River Bridge
Posted June 26, 2009, by Rich Kaduce (Richard_Kaduce [at] kcmo [dot] org)

I visited the bridge site in July of 2007. The approach structures and roadway deck have been removed. The main span was still in place and appeared to be sound. No broken connections or members that I could see from the south end of the bridge.