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Raytown Road Bridge over Little Blue River



Another bridge lost due to the building of Longview Lake. Unknown if bidge was removed, or submerged.


Lost Pony truss bridge over Little Blue River/Longview Lake on Raytown Road
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Built 1928
Pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.90018, -94.47493   (decimal degrees)
38°54'01" N, 94°28'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/372100/4306733 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lees Summit
Inventory number
BH 66039 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1928 (1,125)
Built during 1920s (9,485)
Inundated (79)
Jackson County, Missouri (253)
Kansas City, Missouri (156)
Lost 1986 (130)
Lost during 1980s (1,199)
Missouri (6,136)
Pony truss (15,700)
Truss (31,245)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2015: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Changed status
  • February 14, 2015: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Added category "Inundated"


  • Kelly McClanahan


Raytown Road Bridge over Little Blue River
Posted February 15, 2015, by Kelly McClanahan

Come to think about it Clark, I think you are correct, about all of the bridges being the same. It was another one of those bridges that have been forgotten about.

Raytown Road Bridge over Little Blue River
Posted February 15, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I drove this road to work in the early '70s and have only a sketchy memory of this bridge although I clearly recall a polygonal pony over the Little Blue just west of (old) Raytown Road and it seems likely this was the same type.

Jackson County built a number of polygonal pony trusses on the county highways during their development circa 1930. There was one each over the Little Blue on Colbern and Noland roads near their intersection, one over the Blue River on Bannister and a few others on Outer Belt to the south.

At some point they should be documented as a group. I'm waiting until I find a picture of one. I believe the last to be taken out of use was the one on Colbern, replaced around the same time as the one on Noland, in the '90s.

Raytown Road Bridge over Little Blue River
Posted February 14, 2015, by Kelly McClanahan

Another lost bridge that I had forgotten about. I found it on the Lee's Summit Quadrangle map, and then started to remember it. From what my father and I recall it was a Pony Truss, and a nearby bridge was also built in 1928, so that is the date that I used. It is unknown if it is inundated or was removed, but it would be under deep water.