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Blackwater River Old MO 13 Bridge

Photos 

Overview looking north

Photo taken March 2004 by David Backlin

BH Photo #105802

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Blackwater River on Old MO 13 (NW 21st Road)
Location
Johnson County, Missouri
Status
No longer exists
History
Built ca. 1922; made obsolete by new bridge in 1971, removed 2013
Design
Warren pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.80727, -93.74284   (decimal degrees)
38°48'26" N, 93°44'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/435501/4295650 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Warrensburg East
Land survey
T. 46 N., R. 26 W., Sec. 1
Inventory number
BH 21778 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Blackwater River (Missouri) (12)
Built during 1920s (8,751)
Johnson County, Missouri (44)
Lost (18,649)
Lost 2013 (253)
Lost during 2010s (1,985)
Missouri (5,935)
Pony truss (15,046)
Truss (29,433)
Warren pony truss (2,946)
Warren truss (5,783)

Update Log 

  • November 13, 2014: Updated by Max : Bridge has been removed
  • July 5, 2012: New photos from Clark Vance
  • July 3, 2012: New photos from Clark Vance
  • March 25, 2005: Posted photos by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

Blackwater River Old MO 13 Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This may have been their best choice. The bridge was historic but not unique. The section of road was closed and abandoned, not being preserved, and it was an attractive location for gatherings of students from the nearby university. The rails were minimal and many had been removed by scrappers. The place was not really safe even for a sober person in daylight.

I would have enjoyed seeing it turned into a little historic walk along a piece of preserved 1920s road but the cost of doing that or fencing it off completely was hard to justify when it could be removed for less.

The one to the south is pretty much the same and is still in local use for farm access. The road still has a vintage gas station. https://www.google.com/maps/@38.7911909,-93.7420124,3a,75y,6...

Blackwater River Old MO 13 Bridge
Posted November 14, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Max, it seems Missouri simply wants to "protect" people from "old" bridges. Return on investment, accountability for spending taxpayer's money, and common sense seem to have been displaced by the idea old is bad, new is good.

*sigh*

Blackwater River Old MO 13 Bridge
Posted November 14, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The scrappers had been chewing on it and may have caused it to become dangerous enough to become a safety issue. This one was not used. The similar bridge to the south is farm access and appears to be still present.

Blackwater River Old MO 13 Bridge
Posted November 13, 2014, by Max

Updated the bridge page. Looking at satellite images and noticed it was gone. Really don't see the reason for its removal, wasn't in the way or anything?