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Charlie Dye Bridge



Photo taken Aug. 2002 by Charles Robinson

BH Photo #105417

Historic significance 

Written by Clark Vance

Straight from Wikipedia:

Trenton was home to a Rock Island Railroad maintenance facility known as a roundhouse since 1900. The round house provided locomotive overhaul work for the Kansas City terminals and was a major employer for the Trenton area. A bitter strike in the 1940s pitted union workers against the railroad and scab labor who were still feeling the effects of the Great Depression. Strike breaking workers had to carry their tool boxes as they walked several miles to the round house. As a strike breaker named Hobbs walked across the bridge (now known as the Charlie Dye bridge) to Trenton in the early morning he encountered a group of striking union members drunk at the end of the bridge. He reached into his tool box and picked an item that would resemble a pistol and put it into his pocket. When he reached the thugs they jeered him but did not touch him since they had seen him put something in his pocket and he still had his hand on it. The next strike breaker that walked across the bridge was beaten to death.

Local authorities were hesitant to prosecute. Politics favored the strikers and no one was punished for the murder. Rock Island executives were outraged. They settled the strike but closed the roundhouse, moving the overhaul base to Kansas City. The result was that the trend of slow population growth was reversed and Trenton has slowly declined in population since that time.



Two-span through truss bridge over Thompson River on Crowder Road (Old MO 6) west of Trenton
Grundy County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1921
- Southwest Engineering & Construction Co.
Two-span Warren through truss with additional sub-struts
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 303.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Also called
Thompson River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.07955, -93.64413   (decimal degrees)
40°04'46" N, 93°38'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/445080/4436785 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Trenton West
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 24 W., Sec. 18
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
MO 040-397000.8 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 23233 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MoDOT F-247 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 21559 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2014: Bridge is available for reuse
  • April 7, 2012: Essay added by Clark Vance
  • April 7, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified information
  • April 7, 2012: Updated by James Baughn: Stephen Fender reports bridge is closed to traffic after failing an inspection
  • May 6, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • April 17, 2006: Posted photos from Charles Robinson


  • Charles Robinson - crobinson8 [at] charter [dot] net
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Charlie Dye Bridge
Posted March 27, 2017, by Rich Kaduce (rkaduce [at] outlook [dot] com)

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

Thompson River Bridge
Posted April 7, 2012, by Stephen Fender (stephenfender [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of April 4,2012 the Thompson River Bridge, better known as Charlie Die Bridge, has been closed to traffic due to a failed MODOT inspection. The county is currently debating what to do with it. Will be sad to see it go.

Thompson River 3rd Street Bridge
Posted June 22, 2009, by Greg (gbh2000 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A shot of the info located on the bridge.