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Grain Valley Sni-A-Bar Creek Bridge


Looking east

"S" type I-beam

Photo taken by Clark Vance 20200209


BH Photo #465891



The remains of a bridge located roughly 200' upstream (south) of the US 40 bridge listed in the MO historic bridge inventory as being from ca. 1930, which is when US 40 was first built through this location.

A mystery, in that this road/bridge is not shown on any maps. It may be from a very early alignment of US 40 but there is currently no known documentation of US 40 ever deviating from the current alignment established in the early '30s.


Lost Bridge over Sni-A-Bar Creek on Unknown Road
Jackson County, Missouri
Removed but not replaced
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01254, -94.18629   (decimal degrees)
39°00'45" N, 94°11'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/397293/4318837 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 30 W., Sec. 35
775 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 88170 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Jackson County, Missouri (271)
Lost (22,875)
Missouri (6,180)
Owned privately (1,542)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2020: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Grain Valley Sni-A-Bar Creek Bridge
Posted February 11, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The owner of the private bridge over Seminary Creek claims it came from the US 40 crossing of Sni-A-Bar Creek. http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/private-drive/

I can't find any documentation showing a bridge at this location prior to the three span pony truss replaced in 2003 which is listed as rigid connected and which was two lanes wide.

That got me to look carefully at this location for any evidence of another bridge, and with the trees bare this pier was visible.

I'd enjoy seeing any detailed info on the construction of US 40 through this part of Jackson County.