The bridge has had the railroad tie decking removed, so now it has just steel i-beams and is cut off at each end by fence. Looking east across the bridge in winter you can see the tunnel of the Hamburg Trail which goes under Hwy 94.
I took these pictures in March, 2017.
Another find job of finding a bridge not in the NBI.
Homer Simpson viewed this bridge...
The bridge is on Lincoln County Line, and happens to be listed in Lincoln County which is why you may have missed it in the NBI. The NBI Number is 3412. The continuous steel stringer bridge with AASHTO girder approach spans was constructed in 1985, and appears to be supported by concrete bents built at the same time as the superstructure (meaning not from a previous bridge). The bridge thus appears to be of typical modern construction throughout. Is there some significance to this bridge that I am missing?
Not list in the NBI for some reason
The bridge was built 1923 by the Southwest Engineering and Construction Company at cost of $60,444.51.
Ref. Centennial History of Grundy County Missouri 1839-1939
by William Ray Denslow. Page 139
The Trenton Bridge was just south of the city over the old Grand River channel. It was built in 1870 by Smith Truss Bridge Company at cost of $9,000 dollars. Iron piers were added later at cost of $1,800. (40.066N ,93.621W). The bridge was repaired 1877 which the 1881 source cited. There was a major flood in 1909 that moved the county to straighten the river channel. With the completion of the Charlie Dye Bridge in 1923 the channel was changed and the Trenton Bridge was no longer needed. The Trenton Bridge was removed in 1937 and replaced with a concrete culvert. The site of the bridge had been the Benson ferry crossing from 1846 until 1870.
Ref. Centennial History of Grundy County Missouri 1839-1939
by William Ray Denslow. Text Page 139. Bridge Photo Page 35.
ELI5...What am I missing about this structure?
How sad that it's just a plain concrete bridge with no character whatsoever. Just another overpass over a little river you can't even notice while driving over it now. Very sad commentary on the history of the area (and it's a very interesting and colorful history, if one bothers to research it). Just so sad that we tear down the past and replace it with drabness.
The street view on 15 Mar 17 shows the MO side gated and posted as closed. Seems like a good idea.
N&W 611 on the bridge in 1983
Somehow I completely missed the existence of this large Parker through truss even though I've driven through the area many times.
I'm hearing that the bridge has collapsed and there's an urgent need to clear it from the river. But it's unclear who owns the bridge and would be responsible.
If anybody would like to try salvaging a nice 1906-vintage pin-connected truss, here's your chance.
I haven't been able to locate any photos other than the attached Bird's Eye View from Bing.
This one may have been linked to the incorrect NBI information.
KNOW THAT BRIDGE VERY WELL. I LIVED IN DESLOGE FOR 17 YEARS HAD LOT'S OF FUN IN BIG RIVER IT TAKES BE BACK TO THE BEST OF TIME THANKS....
Thanks for all you do!
Yes, that postcard certainly matches the railroad bridge and the old road bridge behind.
Hard to describe that instant realization that I was dealing with something special as I rounded the bend. To add some icing to the cake, the bridge is extremely to access. A road from the north is very clearly publicly maintained; and literally dead ends at the field.
This is the only (so far) identified rivet-connected Whipple and post-1900 Whipple truss in the United States that I know of. The type is more common in Europe. It is one of the few surviving bridges by Waddell from the brief Waddell and Hedrick era. It is unusual to me that Waddell would designate a Whipple truss in this late period, as he was a proponent of simplicity in truss design.
Well, a Webmaster prediction has come true. Somebody has found a Whipple Truss at this location.
I believe that this is the first Whipple truss that I have ever seen that does not have any counters. It is also unusual as a post 1900 Whipple Truss.
I doubt that abutment is any older than I-270, since that rock was blasted out in the '60s.
It may have been a pier for a power line tower.
The Air Line opened between Jan 1891 and Mar 1892. It was built by the man who later founded the Kansas City Southern RR, Arthur Stillwell. http://www.arthurstilwell.com/timeline.html
Bridge closes March 13 for replacement
Nice views of Jeff City Bridge here
This bridge is currently being rehabilitated.
Pic of the new bridge and the old bridge
This may be a Whipple.
The original RoW followed a less direct route and avoided the river crossings up to 95th St. Parts of the old RoW have been converted to a trail.
For those wondering, the photos on this article should help illustrate what this bridge's original function was as part of a Dorr Clarifier https://books.google.com/books?id=fwU0AQAAMAAJ&dq=Dorr%20Cla...
Wooden sidewalks have reportedly been closed to pedestrian traffic.
I've seen bridges figuratively stir the pot on this site, but based on the plaque, this one LITERALLY stirred the pot
But Nathan... It looks Happy like a Rainbow!
Without a look at the steel I can't say for sure whether the railings act as part of the structure. It may just be a deck arch but they are fairly substantial.
Someone got trigger-happy clicking the rainbow designation.
Bridge was closed to traffic February 28, 2017 and demolition begun
Does anyone know why this is listed as a "pony arch" and "rainbow arch" as it doesn't seem to be a rainbow arch by my definition. The load-bearing arch structure appears to be below (or integral with) the deck.
mmmmm... delicious... a thru truss over the Breakfast Branch!!! I was trying to find photos, but instead found another possible bridge (historic concrete arch) in the area (exact location unknown). https://www.flickr.com/photos/croftonsteve/6390387115/in/pho...
In all seriousness though, I was going to ask when James' photographs were taken. They seem to show the bridge in the same position. It truly amazes me how a bridge can sit in a precarious position for so many years, yet other bridges collapse without warning. Ie, the Columbia Bridge in Kansas.
It must have been built by the Cant-ing Bridge Company. Sorry, bad joke...
I'm not overly concerned, as the bridge looks the exact same as it did when I first visited in 2004.
Is anyone (James?) familiar with this bridge? It is described as "preserved" on this website yet appears to be on the verge of collapse due to failing substructure. Can anyone please clarify the status of this nationally significant bridge?
Man, the support structure is scary!
This year will mark the 10th running of the "Swinging Bridges Ride". The picture I will try to send is from ride number Two
It looks like this one is so low it turned back the street view car.
MoDOT Moving Forward with New Gasconade River Bridge
Current Structure Will Remain in Place for Now
Nathan,you couldn't be more on the money.You nailed it perfectly!
Latest construction cam shows that the Pepe Le Pew Memorial Bridge substructure is underway.
Actually only the bridge superstructure itself was replaced. The original piers were reused and still present under the new deck.
Just for old times sake...
I went and visited this bridge, and discovered that the North arch has completely collapsed. Metrolink, that now uses this alignment, has used steel cribbing and rock to backfill the eroded area.
The creek is filled with massive slabs of concrete, rail, and everything from the roadbed above.
The South arch appears to be stable for now.
Have a lot of memories of this bridge. my grandparents lived on the south side of the bridge. A lot of fishing and berry picking! Seems like an eternity! Always in my heart. It is still beautiful as ever.
As much as we all hate to see bridges get demolished, it is good to have some advance warning.
Tillerman, you win the award for "Bearer Of Bad News"!
I always hated driving over this bridge, the old bridge gave me panic attacks and the new bridge isn't too much better as it sits so high over the Missouri River,
Bridged to be replaced in 2017.
Bridge to replaced in 2017.
Bridge to be replaced in 2017.
Bridge to be replaced in 2017.
Bridge to be replaced in 2017.
Contract to be let to replace bridge in 2017.
Bridge to be replaced in 2017.
MODOT contract let to replace this bridge in 2017.
The 1926-1927 Eighteenth Street/Lover's Lane Bridge at Corby Parkway (a.k.a. Maple Leaf Boulevard) was a contributing feature associated with Corby Parkway/Maple Leaf Boulevard, a NRHP-listed park system drive in the St. Joseph Park and Park System Historic District.
The Whitehead Creek Bridge is a contributing feature associated with Southwest Parkway in the NRHP-listed St. Joseph Park and Parkway System. The 1994 NRHP nomination form called it the bridge connecting Walnut Street to Southwest Parkway, built 1926-1927.
Patricia these are great thanks for sharing. I separated brightened and inserted into main body of bridge description with Gary credited as Photographer and you as contributor. Any idea what time frame? IE 1970's Thanks for sharing
I have pictures that my brother (Gary Blagg) took before the bridge was destroyed.
My guess is, that MODOT would be willing to leave the historic bridge standing next to its replacement if the city were willing to take ownership and responsibility of the bridge. Might not even matter if the bridge is historic or not in that scenario. As for getting MoDOT to rehab the bridge for continued vehicular use or continued MoDOT ownership without vehicular use, that would be a steep uphill battle, based on my own personal experience trying to get MoDOT to choose preservation over replacement of other historic bridges.
I second the comment by Anonymous. Nathan Holth's website historicbridges.org is a great place to get started learning how to advocate for a bridge.
I am the Mayor of Linn Creek Missouri and it is upsetting to hear MODOT is going to tear down this bridge and replace with one to the right of the old bridge.
Modot plan will cost the City at least $40,000. to relocate water and sewer pipes attached to the old bridge.
I believe this old bridge has historic value and should not be relocated.
Why not leave as a foot bridge for all the bicycle and runners in the area.
Anyone with information on the historic value of this bridge, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Linn Creek
Yes, this line[Central Midland Railroad/Ameren] is still in use to Union,Missouri. Ameren wanted to use this line for coal but UP would insist in the sale contract no coal be hauled to Labadie.
This Bridge appears to be replaced
This bridge is gated off at one end, but that didn't stop the Google Street View car from crossing it.
Excellent. We look forward to seeing the photos. Missouri has definitely lost some nice bridges in the last couple decades.
You should probably come out and see this bridge soon, all the other bridges have been being torn down and replaced I am going to go out Monday and see it on 01/02/17 and take a more close look at the span, and upload the photos from the trip.
Maline Creek as mentioned
1980 report from google ebooks 600+ pages of fascinating Hydrology little pontist interest. DOES say 5 Bridges to be replaced and 2 to increase flowage. Time frame of 80-82.
Cool , good find!
Dana, yes, the old access road/conduit/pipeline bridge and the trail bridge still exist.
All I know about this one is that it existed, and appears last in aerial imagery from the 1970s
What's up with the missing peace of steel at the West end of the bridge looks like something hit it long ago I know it was like that in the 70s.
I can't find any articles about it.
Dose anyone know what happened and when???_
I agree David. They could have put something completely undistinguished there.
In the pre-interstate times we would go down US71 to US66 to reach the lake in Oklahoma. Every time one of the things along the route (bridge, motel, diner) disappears the road becomes less of what it was in reality and my memory. So little of the road retains its original look. I hate to see things replaced with "theme park" recreations that aren't what I remember.
Purely selfish, but that's part of why people are into historical preservation.
A lot of Route 66 fans want to see more of these. At least it's better than a cheap metal culvert.
Does anyone have any pics of the old wooden bridge on south Duquesne Rd? Thx
Yes, I hope the county commissioners don't sprain their shoulders patting themselves on the back for this.
The new railing doesn't look like anything else I've seen in Missouri. Illinois used a style like this in the 1940s but that's about the closest I can find.
I guess this is better than Jersey barriers but that's not saying much.
I don't consider the tarted up railings with "art deco" features as "preserving" the appearance of the old bridge. They tampered with history here.
This bridge was bypassed in the late 1980s on a realignment. The bridge was soon demolished after the new bridge was completed.
This bridge is still intact although closed to all traffic. Pics to follow.
Replacement bridge is now open:
It was originally narrow gauge, but was standard gauged in 1902. It's very unlikely a 1920 bridge would have been built this light.
Wasn't this originally a narrow gauge line? That might be the reason the bridge is not as massive as most early 1900's standard gauge bridges.
You are right--the bridge still carries a short length of track that seems to see use as a siding connected to the Missouri Pacific (now UP) line running N-S through town. The missing bridge in the middle was the Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway, later part of the Frisco.
I don't believe this bridge to be completely abandoned. I live in Garden City and go to Harrisonville all the time. Most recently I recall seeing rail cars stored on this bridge over the summer this year, so I would think it still sees storage duty at least.
I remember playing on this bridge back in the late 40s to early 50s
SLATER, Mo: Missouri Department of Transportation bridge inspectors in Saline County have decided to close the Thrailkill Creek Bridge over Route O near Slater, Mo beginning Monday, Dec. 12, after reviewing the bridge structure.
The bridge will be replaced starting Spring 2017 with an anticipated completion date in May, weather dependent. Local drivers will be routed around the closure on Route 240 and Route 41.
Videos of the demolition:
As of December 9, 2016, the main spans and northern approaches have now been demolished...the rest is to be blown up after the 1st of the year.
It looks like the deck and original flooring system were scrapped too, at least if this was originally a lattice girder--if it were to function as a true girder bridge, the bottom chord of the lattice should be below the deck, and there should be lateral floor beams to support the deck. The existing deck is much thicker than the original would have been, and the bottom chord is above the deck. My guess is this was done at the same time that the diagonals and center support were added.
The original design intent and historic significance is function as lattice girder. The added load-bearing bent is not original and is an alteration (probably a good thing given severe impact damage to girders).
I added "Lattice Pony Truss" category but from the looks of the support below and the truss in picture 4 it appears it functions as a beam bridge.
Similar to a Canton "Lattice Girder" in design, with exception to the ends not being rounded.
I'm not seeing a truss here. 1994 NBI shows stringer, I'd say slab or stringer.
What's the consensus?
Yeah I'm standing between the two, that's the south end of the original bridge