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Lexington Road Covered Bridge 25-48-02x


First sign on the west side

Photo taken by Clark Vance in March 2013


BH Photo #251017


Historic context 

Written by Clark Vance

The Battle of the Little Blue took place on 21 October 1864. Fighting began at Ripley Junction and skirmishes took place in this area. The Eleventh Kansas set fire to a bridge which was extinguished by Marmaduke's force. This allowed them to cross the Little Blue with artillery.

At that time the Missouri Pacific line was not present.

It's possible this bridge existed until the new alignment of US 24 was opened to the north. The 1931 county map shows US 24 crossing at this location while the 1932 map shows a new alignment to the north.

Over the last 40 years the Little Blue channel has been graded and straightened to reduce flooding. There is a lot of grading on the east side of the river and no trace of the east abutment.


Lost covered bridge over Little Blue River on Lexington Road
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
Removed but not replaced
Extant during the Civil War, perhaps into the early '30s.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.13408, -94.31319   (decimal degrees)
39°08'03" N, 94°18'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/386501/4332476 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Missouri City
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 22
730 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
WGCB 25-48-02x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 55443 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Civil War (13)
Covered (1,648)
Independence, Missouri (22)
Jackson County, Missouri (292)
Lost (24,742)
Missouri (6,302)
Skewed (4,906)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2019: New photo from Neil Krout
  • March 1, 2019: New photo from Todd Clark
  • March 4, 2014: Essay added by Clark Vance
  • March 21, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Civil War"
  • February 3, 2013: Added by Clark Vance



Lexington Road Covered Bridge 25-48-02
Posted March 4, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They are World Guide to Covered Bridges (WGCB) inventory numbers.