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McCraw Ford

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Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #220693

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Description 

This slab may have been the original river crossing at this location. It served the dirt road and was replaced by the James River Bridge (locally known as McGraw Ford Bridge) when HWY 125 was completed in the late 1940's. This was a play place when I grew up as we could sit on the slab and watch the cars pass overhead/north.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over James River
Location
Greene County, Missouri
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.19171, -93.12867   (decimal degrees)
37°11'30" N, 93°07'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/488580/4116147 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Galloway
Elevation
1197 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45465 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Greene County, Missouri (99)
Lost (23,426)
Lost during 1940s (372)
Missouri (6,206)

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2011: Updated by Greg Hall: Corrected name spelling
  • June 7, 2010: Added by Greg Hall

Sources 

  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

McCraw Ford
Posted August 21, 2011, by W. Walther (warrenw [at] ldvalue [dot] com)

I lived just up the hill from McGraw Ford. The McGraw family lived near this crossing. They had a son about my age and we used to play together.

When I was very young (I was born in 1949), the concrete slab at McGraw Ford was still in place completely across the James River. After the bridge was built in 1948, the slab was no longer maintained, so it eventually deteriorated, with bits and pieces of it washing away during each new flood. People used to drive their cars onto it for washing (no one was concerned about polluting the river with soap back in those days).

The road that crosses there is Missouri State Highway 125. It was a gravel road until I was about 5 years old. We used to swim at McGraw Ford during the summer. I have a large scar on my right hand from a broken bottle that was in the river there.

McGraw Ford
Posted June 7, 2010, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo 7- Looking South/West

Photo 8- Water washing past cut out end. Water ripples indicate that there is some portion of slab remaining in this area, but it isn't. people hanging around at the creek would pile rocks to make a makeshift dam and raise the water level slightly.

Photo 9- Looking downriver

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

McGraw Ford
Posted June 7, 2010, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo 1- the ford crossing as seen from the original HWY125 bridge.

Photo 2- greenery growing on/up/around slab

Photo 3- Looking East down slab. Note tree growing out of the side of the slab.

Photo 4- Looking East where slab was cut out to allow water to pass freely when bridge was built to replace it. Bridge in background is original HWY125 bridge.

Photo 5- Erosion oevr the years shows the steel rails that were placed in the concrete to provide strength

Photo 6- More of the same

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.