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LaGrange Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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Locals often call this "Magic Bus Lane/Rd"; atop the bluff above this bridge was an old abandoned bus that had been a Boy Scout Camp, pre-1960's. The bus sat here for many years until some unknowns rolled it far enough to push it off the bluff sometime in the last 10 yrs. Repeated floods has washed the 'Magic Bus' 1/4 mile plus downstream. This road was a local Lover's Lane of sorts for many years. Sometime in the 1980-90's the deck was removed the bridge was closed. Mid 1990's the Howard Const Co. of Canton completely refurbished the bridge, including a new deck.


Through truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Sunflower Street (CR 552)
Lewis County, Missouri
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1899 by the Massillon Bridge Co.
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 111.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Sunflower Street
Magic Bus Lane
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08800, -91.53821   (decimal degrees)
40°05'17" N, 91°32'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/624619/4438548 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
La Grange
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 06 W., Sec. 14
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MO 056-207001.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 19016 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21889 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 10, 2018: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • December 6, 2017: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • May 2, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed bridge name to 'LaGrange' based on review of MO Bridge Inventory data; added alternative names; some historical description based on local/personal knowledge.
  • May 7, 2010: New photos from James Baughn



LaGrange Bridge
Posted January 5, 2018, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up in nearby LaGrange in the 1970's and this was a favorite spot to come and just enjoy some peace & quiet. I had friends who came for other amorous events. No names, I am still friends with many of them.

LaGrange Bridge
Posted May 11, 2017, by Kim Andereck (kim [dot] andereck [at] gmail [dot] com)

As a student at nearby Culver-Stockton College in the mid- to late-1960's, this site was simply known as "The Bus." It was often the rendezvous point for fraternity parties, beer guzzlers, makeout artists and their girlfriends. The floorboards of the old bridge rattled and rumbled whenever a vehicle crossed over the Wyaconda River.

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LaGrange Bridge
Posted May 2, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to MO Bridge Inventory, this was former Lewis County CR207.