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Maries River Swinging Bridge

Photos 

East abutment

Photo taken Summer 2006 by Paul Boudreau

BH Photo #106072

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost suspension bridge over Maries River just off Route AA northwest of Vienna
Location
Maries County, Missouri
Status
Destroyed by flash flood, but remains still visible
History
Built 1928 by Joseph Dice
Builder
- Joseph Dice
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Total length: 254.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Also called
Wieberg Bridge (original name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.25798, -91.99395   (decimal degrees)
38°15'29" N, 91°59'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/588019/4234917 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Freeburg
Land survey
T. 41 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 30
Inventory number
BH 21985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2008: Updated by Paul Boudreau: Added the year the bridge was destroyed
  • March 25, 2008: New photo from Paul Boudreau
  • March 24, 2008: New photos from Paul Boudreau
  • August 30, 2006: Posted photos from Paul Boudreau of the bridge's wreckage

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Comments 

Maries River Swinging Bridge
Posted March 19, 2010, by Bob Le Page (bob [dot] j [dot] lepage [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just found this site, brings back memories. In the 50's &

60's we would camp under that old bridge. Moving the camp

during the day to stay in the shade of the bridge.

I remember one day some kids drove up on it in a Jeep, and kept starting up and stopping in the middle of the bridge,

getting it to sway and buck. We thought sure they would bring her down. Also one night embers and sparks from our

camp fire landed in some of the old rotting timbers starting it on fire. What a panic! We pulled the car under the bridge to stand on it to throw water on it but coundn't

reach it. We finally ran around to the road and up on the bridge with a bucket brigade and put it out. The last time I was there,on the gravel bar, the bridge was down.(aprox 2000) Last year I drove by, couldn't see the road, it was

all grown over. I may have some old pics of camping there but dont know if the bridge is in them.