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Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge


CR293 #1

Looking North

Photo taken by K. Allen Ballard in June 3, 2017


BH Photo #393286



Although the National Bridge Inventory gives a build date of 1987, aerial imagery suggests this is a through girder bridge. So this bridge is either much older, or was built using recycled parts. Very heavy duty girder construction, possible former RR span, or constructed from same.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 293
Knox County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1987? Possibly moved here in 1987?
Pony plate girder (?), possibly former RR span moved here?
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 66.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.3 ft.
Also called
Buttermilk Ave
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.11978, -92.04369   (decimal degrees)
40°07'11" N, 92°02'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/581488/4441489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edina SE
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 5
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 21170 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 74716 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1987 (63)
Built during 1980s (577)
Girder (8,620)
Knox County, Missouri (65)
Missouri (6,043)
Modern (1,909)
Open (37,448)
Owned by county (19,087)
Plate girder (6,603)
Rail-to-road (299)
Railroad (13,849)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,212)
Through girder (3,211)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,667)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New photos & update info.
  • December 10, 2016: Added by James Baughn


  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com


Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge
Posted June 6, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I have no idea whether the QO&KC was double track but it seems unlikely except at sidings. Some pics underneath would give an idea of whether the floor beams are original or not.

Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge
Posted June 5, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


This almost reminds me of a Santa Fe bridge that would have been on the double tracked mainline nearby. As some of the midwestern bridgehunters know, the Santa Fe was notorious for selling and reusing spans wherever they could; creating some unique bridges.

Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge
Posted June 5, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

FWIW, the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad ran north of here between Edina and Know. It was closed in the '30s. Railfans...?

Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge / Buttermilk Ave
Posted June 5, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited here late afternoon, June 3rd, 2017. Heavy duty girder plate, very wide, could easily accommodate modern farm equipment; possible former RR span moved from elsewhere.