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Noser Mill Bridge



Mo Dept of Transportation


BH Photo #249795


Lost through truss bridge over Bourbeuse River on MO 185
Franklin County, Missouri
Built 1902 by the Midland Bridge Co. on the abutments of a previous covered bridge
- Midland Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Pin-connected, 10-panel Parker through truss
Total length: 190.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.39392, -91.19132   (decimal degrees)
38°23'38" N, 91°11'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/657950/4251070 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 42 N., R. 2 W., Sec. 7
Inventory number
BH 36141 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Karen Daniels


Noser Mill Bridge
Posted August 8, 2022, by Frank W. Jenny (frankjenny509 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Conner has the story of the replacement bridge exactly right. There was a need for a new bridge on Highway 185. The question was whether the dam and lake were going to be built, and whether the bridge needed to be high enough to accommodate them. The Franklin County officials even went to Washington, D.C. to testify before a Congressional committee, urging that decision be made one way or the other. This bridge was cited as a prime example of the need for a decision. The State apparently felt they couldn't wait any longer and in the early 1970s built the new bridge very high in expectation of the lake coming into existence. As it turned out, the lake and dam never materialized and much more money was spent on the bridge than necessary. People just passing through today probably wonder why the bridge was built so high.

Noser Mill Bridge
Posted January 10, 2008, by Conor (cwatkin [at] mst [dot] edu)

I hear that the replacement bridge was constructed in part due to the Meramec Basin Project, which called for construction of up to 30 or more dams throughout the Meramec River Watershed. Construction on one dam was underway when the project was cancelled but there were also plans to construct a dam above Union, MO, which would have backed up water under this very high bridge. The bridge seems a lot taller than is needed for this type of crossing.

Does anyone know about the history of the replacement structure?