KCS appears to be replacing sections of the trestle. Photo's taken today by a friend.
Wow. Unique. Love it.
Mike, Yes ! Me Too !
I would love this is my back yard
I just checked the 1920 County Highway Map for Miller County, and the road was classified as a County Seat Road, so it already existed before the State Highway Department took it over in 1921. It connected Tuscumbia and Waynesville. Based on notes on the map, the road in Sections 7 and 18 would have been realigned very shortly after the highway department took it over.
I got some additional information from the land owner. He also believes the road was originally the old state highway, and today the former road dead ends near the bridge. He says his wife’s grandmother herded her dairy cows across it daily back in the 40’s. He also said the Google Map is incorrect in showing the road curving to the west, since that is a private drive he built and leases to his neighbor and is not public.
It is possible that this section of road was part of the 1920s alignment of State Route 7. The road was realigned in the early 1930s. MoDOT Project History Maps (https://www.modot.org/sites/default/files/documents/maintenance_/project_history_maps/miller.pdf) show a small segment abandoned at Tavern Creek, but not at a scale you can really tell anything.
This one reminds me of this bridge in Caldwell County, MO:
Looks like a late pinned Pratt from perhaps ca. 1915 to 1920. The verticals appear to be angles connected with battens, which is rather unusual.
Historic Aerial imagery from 1945 shows that the bridge was part of Charcoal Kiln Road before being abandoned. The road was eventually routed over to connect with SR 17. Could this possibly be an old alignment of the highway?
I had someone contact me and ask about this bridge's history. I was surprised it wasn't even listed here in BridgeHunter. If anyone knows the history of this bridge, please post a comment or update the page.
As I always do, I swing my head while I cross a "New Bridge". As I did this today, I was pleasantly surprised to find this old girl, still standing proud!
A 1920 Gallup maps shows this as part of the Jefferson Highway.
ITs no longer standing was torn out earlier this summer and is currently closed to traffic shuld reopen late novemeber early december.
Bridge has been officially nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
This bridge was replaced in 2019/2020.
There were originally intended to be 8 instead of 4 lanes on the bridge. IDOT even had a special video presentation on their website, showing the proposed bridge with 8 lanes and what it would look like crossing the bridge once it was completed. They even had fireworks in the background! However, Missouri never wanted the bridge, while Illinois did, so as a result of reduced funding, it wound up being reduced to 4 lanes. It is also probably why there are no connecting ramps from I-44 northbound, although you can access the bridge from northbound Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis.
I'm not sure when the bridge was replaced, but it was prior to July, 2020.
This bridge is scheduled to be demolished and replaced beginning 7/27/20 according to the MODOT website.
bridge was washed away in 2019 not yet replaced
Looks like there is at least a couple secondhand spans in the rebuild of this bridge.
Yeah, I'd rather it be a Bowstring or Whipple... But it beats the Hell outta a slab!
Cool, Tony! You got your own bridge!
Here is a picture of the Vale Tunnel about 1 year after the trail opening.
The bridge has been replaced by another. Work completed on 6-3 & 6-4-2020.
Photos can be seen here: http://stationmaster.rrpicturearchives.net/archivethumbs.asp...
Oh, and geological survey marker in cement on west approach driveway
7 year update - plaques stolen/removed....some serious holes in deck - the west approach to this is insane, basically a 90° angle from end of road to turn onto bridge, very tight corner, not-so-fresh fish catch waiting for you on decking, the mounds of dirt aren't so "moundy" anymore, if youre not paying attention, you could drive right onto this thing and be in serious trouble....its a beauty that should be left and preserved in place but needs to be blocked off for traffic better
During my high school years (1976 - 1980)I would ride my motorcycle to the bridge, and in the summer would jump off the bridge and go swimming. We would also shoot pool at the bar across from the bridge (don't remember the name)! Whenever I'm back in the area, I always make it a point to go there and think of those days.
This bridge was NOT demolished. Photo taken June 19, 2020
Bridge T0074 was previously rated as a 3. It was closed to traffic following an inspection that showed further deterioration of floor beams and steel stringers.
Prior to its closure this bridge was slated for replacement in FY22, with the potential to be pushed back to FY23.
Visited here 6-08-2020. Bridge is now closed, likely has been for a couple years. While here I took some video and a few photos.
Tried to visit this location today, but it's nearly impossible to reach this bridge due to the right of way being chewed up into constant mud holes by logging equipment at the business located next to it. Your other points that 'might' allow access are by walking thru a field. Perhaps someone local can get a picture one day?
My son, Ken Ballard & I revisited here 6-1-2020. Bridge is still open and serviceable. Shot some pics and video.
starting to become swallowed by brush
I put on my pencil-thin moustache to do some investigating on this, the Jackson County road and bridges yard is at
Road & Bridge Maintenance
Environmental Health Division
34900 E. Old U.S. 40 Highway
Oak Grove, MO 64075
Not sure if that's the "quarry" yard where the bridge was supposed to be stored or not.
May still exist in storage:
I can't chase this down now. Is someone in a position to do so?
This bridge undoubtedly replaced something older. I believe this line was the original CBQ route into Kansas City, prior to the line towards Brookfield being constructed in the 1950s.
Was the line first established in 1913 or did this bridge replace an older one?
Nice job getting back to this one Clark! I suspected it was something special from aerial photos, and now we have confirmation. Now to figure out where this bridge could’ve originally been located..
I visited today and met the man living to the SW. He talked about how the city was not taking care of the bridges or the river. Mosby floods and a lot of the places are vacant or torn down. I can't imagine they have much tax revenue to work with.
This bridge is closed although I didn't see any gross problems other than some plates covering deck deterioration on the north end. A local I met expressed concern that the city was not spending money on bridge repairs (two closed bridges).
I'm concerned that they may decide to scrap this last extant example of a type once common in and unique to Jackson County. If it can no longer be used in place it should go back to Jackson County as a piece of history from the time when Jackson County had one of the best county highway systems in the country.
I added a lot of detail pictures in case this one disappears.
From the above article the bridge was built in 1911 and the location is on State Highway B at (40.507808,-94.546050).
I may wrong but I think MDot raised the grade on Highway B to match Highway 46 to the north and covered most of the bridge which might still be in place. It would be worth a road trip to check out.
New bridge open to one lane traffic as of 5/1/2020.
The Bridge has been replaced with a UCEB
The bridge in Photo 7 is a much different bridge...it appears to be east of the Elk River bridge.
I would like to know if any other pictures are available. I grew up near this bridge and would love to get some pics to use so I can have a nice painting completed. Thank you.
This crossing of Rock Enon Creek by the Missouri Pacific line's Bagnell Branch still has several artifacts of its former existence including three concrete piers, concrete abutment, and timbers from an approach pier.
This rail line was built around 1882 as part of the Jefferson City, Lebanon, and Southwestern railroad. It was abandoned in 1962.
The family and I made a bridge hunting trip around my old hometown of Enon, Missouri today. The former crossing of Morgan creek by the Bagnall Branch of MoPac. Two piers remain. I recall as a child a third pier in the center of the creek channel that collapsed after a flash flood back in the late 80's.
One point of interest; the remaining South pier has 1954 stamped in the cap. This would have been a replacement to the original 1882 structure and used only briefly prior to abandonment of the line in the early 60's. The North pier appears significantly old in age with a concrete on stacked limestone block construction.
This is a duplicate listing of the Old Kimberling City Bridge.
Considering the bridges at Elsberry and Old Monroe, just south of this location, were replaced in 2019-2020, I am wondering if this bridge has been replaced or will be replaced in the near future. I have not heard anything yet.
Another postcard from the KCMO library collection:
Looks like the current trusses were probably built in 1923, judging by the stamp on the abutment in picture #10. In addition, the nearby Valley Park bridge was also built at the same time as part of a double tracking project:
James,in picture #1 I noticed a N/S and a CSX engine behind the BNSF engine.It's weird to me but there probably is an explanation for 3 different engines hauling freight.
July 2014 photo
when was this bridge built?
I'd say "open to traffic" isn't accurate anymore, as demolition is under way! I really hate to see these old truss bridges go.
It sure was! It's correct now. I drove it many times as well going to Snead's BBQ.
I remember going accross this back in 2000 it was still there. Also the map location is in the wrong place.
Demolition and replacement is now underway.
The contract for the replacement was awarded in February: https://www.modot.org/sullivan-county-route-pp-east-medicine...
Has this already been torn down, or is it still standing but closed? It's marked as lost.
This bridge was replaced by a new bridge in summer 2019. You can find more info here. https://www.modot.org/phelps-county-route-d-over-bnsf-railro...
I have an old photo I believe was taken at the old Minnith Bridge in September 1960. Can you verify?
The work has begun on replacement.
Went to Youth Camp there in 1965-66. So interesting! Thanks so much for sharing.
Plans from MODOT March 20,2020 letting: file:///home/chronos/u-cfd1820a1334e7b8df9b0ad93c263f35e1f714f7/MyFiles/Downloads/200320_B03_J2S2168_J2S3198_Plans.pdf
This site is now abandoned for railroad use, but the northern abutment site has been re-purposed as a lookout for train watching (railfanning). Virtual Railfan operates a PTZ camera here.
This bridge is planned to be replaced, allegedly in FY 2020. The bridge is just to the east of the famous La Plata Amtrak station (former ATSF) on the BNSF Railway.
The bridge has collapsed and approx 1/2 of the bridge is protruding from the water along Left Bank Descending (LBD).
The bridge has collected a large log-jamb, but the river is open along RDB (right bank descending), but navigation through a series of large logs is required.
At 1800 CFS (Leeper gage) this bridge is beginning to cause navigation issues (pick your line and be very cautious).
Bridge H0857 is scheduled for replacement in 2021 under MoDOT job J2P3089
I grew up as a local swimming here in the Summers and spending a lot of play time here.it may seem spooky if you never been across before. But I personally have pulled loads of junk with truck n trailer across. I have crossed fast and slow. My cousin used to like to go fast and jam the breaks and the bridge would wave. It's a lot stronger than anyone gives credit to. My family plan on camping there this summer. Beautiful place. Would be a very big heartbreaker and a loss to ever see it go.
Joe, you may need to set a new thumbnail image.
Bridge was removed and demolished on site the 1st week of February 2020
There is a very faded sign saying "private drive". I noticed it when taking photos on the way out. I don't think it is to be believed, as this is an access to what seems to be a public park. The park was closed, but maybe only temporarily.
It appears the bridge has been repaired, and not to badly! Nice to see that it wasn't just torn down and replaced.
Well, it looks like the last of the old bridge is about to be removed. Westbound I-44 has used the pier from the old US-66 deck truss, but currently a new westbound bridge is being built. It appears it is done, with eastbound temporarily using the new bridge while the existing eastbound bridge is resurfaced.
I expect that in a month or two the old bridge will be removed - and in the process the piers.
I'm adding a couple photos here in the comments showing the piers. But since it isn't really this bridge I don't really think the photos belong up above.
The first photo shows all the river piers. Taken from the west bank facing east, so the north (upstream) side of the bridge complex. The narrow piers are the ones I'm fairly certain are "leftover" from the US-66 bridge.
The second photos shows the narrow, oldest piers on the left. The next one to the right is still pretty old, presumably from when US-66 was made 4-lane or maybe the first I-44. Next to the right is the newest pier. I think this is replacing the two oldest ones. Furthest to the right is the current eastbound bridge pier
MODOT has let bids for replacement of this bridge sometime in 2020
The owner of the private bridge over Seminary Creek claims it came from the US 40 crossing of Sni-A-Bar Creek. http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/private-drive/
I can't find any documentation showing a bridge at this location prior to the three span pony truss replaced in 2003 which is listed as rigid connected and which was two lanes wide.
That got me to look carefully at this location for any evidence of another bridge, and with the trees bare this pier was visible.
I'd enjoy seeing any detailed info on the construction of US 40 through this part of Jackson County.
From "The Excavating Engineer" January 1917 via google books:
The Board of Park Commissioners of Kansas City has awarded the contract for the construction of the 71st Street bridge over the Blue River in Swope Park to the Horton Concrete Construction Company of Kansas City at $144,943 This is to be of reinforced concrete The total length of the concrete structure will be 700 and the earth fill about 280 feet This calls for about 10,300 cubic yards of concrete 6,400 cubic yards of excavation for pier bases and abutments and 4000 cubic yards of earth embankment The other bidders were as follows Concrete Construction Co List Gifford Construction Co Winston Bros Co McMillon Construction Co Petterson Norton Co Gray Construction Co The Missouri Valley Building and Iron Co The Midland Bridge Co The Union Building & Construction Co
Waddell & Son consulting engineers of Kansas City who designed the bridge will supervise the construction
I remember this bridge. I first drove across it in 1970 in my '66 Olds Cutlass. It creaked and squeaked (the bridge, not the car) and I was glad it was no longer than it was. It seemed due to collapse at any moment. Oddly, that didn't prevent me from subsequently crossing it numerous times always wondering if I would make it to the other end. I am surprised it survived as long as it did.
Morse Mill Bridge was our hangout when I was younger. My friends and I spent a lot of time there. Such a beautiful place. At one point, there were plans to tear the bridge down. We started a petition to save it. I also worked as a stringer for the local newspaper and wrote articles about why this history filled structure should remain intact. Due to our efforts, they closed it to cars but left it open for foot traffic.
The first Norfolk Southern train crosses the Grand River in Brunswick, Mo., after a bridge was rebuilt.
Aren't pictures 3 and 6 the same picture?Look like the same picture to me.
Bridge is being dismantled starting today Jan. 13, 2020
This is a very attractive looking culvert. Glad to see they’ve made a point of taking care of it.
An effort has been made to preserve this culvert including complete tuckpointing and through bolts.
It is with much sadness that I must convey that this bridge has been destroyed. Driving Hunt Road on 2020-01-08 I saw a replacement UCEB.
🤔 Somewhere there is a bridge...
It is rather vague at the moment!
Will there be any further information on this bridge?
This is a 1949 alignment of Missouri N.
Not really balusters but the typical pierced railings of this era.
The creek banks are fairly steep and overgrown, making access to the underside difficult. Best access from the west.
This structure is about the same size as the Chipman Road and Frost Road tunnels. There's no evidence that it ever carried a road.
Do I spy balustrade railings, Clark?
Updated links to 1924 photos at KCMO Public Library:
In 2019, this bridge is still used daily by Union Pacific Railroad to switch cars at the ICL Specialty Products plant at 8230 Idaho Avenue in the City of St. Louis. In order to access the business tracks in the facility, Union Pacific must cross the bridge in order to back trains into the plant on the north side of River Des Peres.
Additional information about the design and construction of Eads Bridge can be found at:
I found the east portal of this tunnel on 11/20/19 exactly where it is shown on map. It is still intact. See picture.
Got to visit this beaut for a few minutes before my boy graduated from basics at Fort Leonard Wood. Hope to be able to go back sometime. Also, if you visit this bridge, be sure to check out the Uranus Fudge Factory a few miles west on 66. The place was a real hoot! My daughter asked them how long they are open. She was told that Uranus is always open....Also Santa's at Uranus on December 7!!!!
This bridge will be removed in early 2020 and replaced with a new pre stressed concrete girder bridge.
I thought that this bridge was in storage. Did it get scrapped?