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Pacific Covered Bridge 25-36-02x / 25-50-02x

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Postcard: Side view

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost covered bridge over Meramec River on what is now Route F near Pacific
Location
Franklin County, Missouri, and Jefferson County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge just downstream when Route F was built
Design
West (Franklin Co.) span: Pin-connected, 11-panel Pratt through truss
East (Jefferson Co.) span: Covered timber span, unknown truss type
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.46591, -90.73612   (decimal degrees)
38°27'57" N, 90°44'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/697509/4259938 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pacific
Inventory numbers
WGCB 25-36-02x / 25-50-02x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 21505 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Covered (1,169)
Franklin County, Missouri (62)
Jefferson County, Missouri (48)
Lost (12,698)
Meramec River (22)
Missouri (4,731)
Pin-connected (1,831)
Replaced by new bridge (8,502)
Through truss (10,672)
Truss (25,552)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2005: Posted postcard images from James Lynch

Sources 

  • James Lynch - jlynch [at] jameslynch [dot] com

Comments 

Pacific Covered Bridge
Posted October 31, 2005, by James Lynch (jlynch [at] jameslynch [dot] com)

The bridge was south of Pacific on what became State Route F, know locally as the "Farm-Market Road" between Pacific and Catawissa.

The pier marks the line between Franklin County to the left and Jefferson country to the right, that is why the bridge is built of two different materials. Jefferson County later rebuilt their half in steel.

The river bottom is on the Franklin County side. The bridge was built into the bluff on the Jefferson County side, with the roadway on a narrow ledge (requiring a 90-degree turn to the right at the east end of the bridge). This roadway extended south a good distance before a sharp turn to the east. What was also "lost" was the beautiful stonework that the WPA built along this roadway, like a guardrail, to keep cars from tumbling into the river. Why no one tried to save that when they knew the entire bridge was going to be replaced is one of those bureaucratic mysteries. The new highway bridge is to the south.