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First Glasgow Railroad Bridge

Photos 

HABS photo

This photo collected by the Historic American Buildings Survey shows the first bridge ca. 1880

Photo posted by James Baughn

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BH Photo #105483

Map 

Description 

According to the sign posted at the current location this original bridge was the first all steel bridge in the world. Built at a cost of $500,000.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Missouri River on Chicago & Alton Railroad
Location
Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri, and Saline County, Missouri
Status
Superstructure replaced
History
Built 1878-79 by Gen. William Sooy Smith; superstructure replaced in 1900
Builder
- William Sooysmith & Son of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
Design
Five Whipple through trusses. Described as world's first major all-steel bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.22300, -92.84972   (decimal degrees)
39°13'23" N, 92°50'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/512971/4341533 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Glasgow
Inventory number
BH 44724 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • September 11, 2015: New photo from Steve Conro
  • April 3, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • HABS MO-1465 - Chicago & Alton Railway Bridge
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com