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South Fabius River CR 289 Bridge


South Fabius River CR 289

South Fabius River, head on view, western approach, 6 panel through truss. I guess the pairs of tensioning rods on both ends count as additional panels? My original look-see makes it appear as a 4 panel. As I recall this bridge had a bit of bounce to it as you drove or walked it. There was another pony truss straight ahead about 1/8th mile over a small feeder creek. I have some pics of it as well. I was actually killing weekend time at my in-laws and am glad I documented several Knox County bridges when I did, most are now gone, including ones I did not know about back then.

Photo taken by K. Allen Ballard, Nov 2000


BH Photo #282863



On the eastern end of this bridge was a file notch on the end chord about 40" up. An elderly local gent showed to me and said he'd made that notch to mark the high water in 1932 or 34. As a young man (and pretty daring at that!) he had rowed out to the bridge to check on it, made the mark and left.


Lost through truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 289
Knox County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built ca. 1890; replaced 2003
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss.
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05247, -92.06492   (decimal degrees)
40°03'09" N, 92°03'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/579757/4433999 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edina SE
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 25
Inventory numbers
MONBI 21106 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 052-289001.8 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21813 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1910s (9,248)
Knox County, Missouri (65)
Lost (22,285)
Lost 2003 (508)
Lost during 2000s (4,031)
Missouri (6,136)
Owned by county (20,057)
Pratt through truss (5,011)
Pratt truss (8,749)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,178)
Through truss (14,056)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,373)
Truss (31,249)
Wooden deck (6,003)

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added 2 photos; added some historical description.