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Stouts Creek Arch Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in December 2008


BH Photo #135237



Open-spandrel arch bridge over Stouts Creek on MO 72 above Lake Killarney
Iron County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Future prospects
MoDOT will accept proposals for preservation in place until December 31, 2016. See: http://www.modot.org/freebridges/
Built 1928
- Republic Concrete Construction Co. (Contractor)
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 122.3 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.58489, -90.58379   (decimal degrees)
37°35'06" N, 90°35'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/713343/4162504 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Killarney
Land survey
T. 33 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 3
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 4964 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
H 393
BH 21673 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 5.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 26, 2017: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 22, 2017: New photos from John Christeson
  • August 24, 2016: Bridge is available for reuse in place
  • March 28, 2013: New photo from John Christeson
  • March 10, 2009: New photo from James Baughn
  • April 15, 2008: New photos from James Baughn



Stouts Creek Arch Bridge
Posted September 23, 2015, by Karen Daniels

The bridge in 1929, very shortly after construction, and before the stone walls were constructed: http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm/ref/collection/msaphotos/id/483

Stouts Creek Arch Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

A couple of acres to the northwest of the bridge are owned by the state as part of Fort Davidson State Historic Site. This was the site of Missouri's first iron furnace in the 1810s, and then during the Civil War this crossing played a role in the Battle of Pilot Knob.

There's currently no good way to access the state's parcel, but they want to develop it in the future. It's likely that Highway 72 will be moved to a different alignment with a new bridge, leaving open the possibility that the current bridge could be saved and used as an overlook of the shut-ins. If this could be pulled off, it would be a triple crown for visitors: pioneer history, Civil War history, and a historic bridge.

See more here (scroll down to the section about Shut-Ins Gap):


Stouts Creek Arch Bridge
Posted July 8, 2012, by jayhawk

This is a very picturesque bridge but there's a nasty landowner to the south - I was standing on the shoulder of MO72 photographing the bridge and he told me to "leave or I'll get my shotgun" and called the highway patrol on me.

I'm also afraid the bridge is in pretty bad shape. There's the normal wear on the edges of the deck for a bridge of this vintage, but several of the spandrel columns are cracked with exposed rebar. The damage to the arch wasn't so bad and looked repairable.

If MODOT wanted to rehab it, I think they'd have to do what they did to the Lake Taneycomo bridge and replace the spandrel columns and deck. I'm not sure that they'll bother. It's too bad, this is a beautiful bridge.

I'll post my photos as soon as I can get the RAW files processed.

Stouts Creek Arch Bridge
Posted October 7, 2010, by Steve Allen (spallen (at) ccis (dot) edu)

The bridge spans more or less the exact spot that Gen. Stirling Price's Confederate forces crossed the creek prior to the Battle of Pilot Knob (Ft. Davidson), Sept. 27, 1864.