Lexington Road Covered Bridge 25-48-02x
First sign on the west side
Photo taken by Clark Vance in March 2013
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)
- 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
They are World Guide to Covered Bridges (WGCB) inventory numbers.