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Powell Bridge


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Photo taken July 2005 by David Backlin

BH Photo #106169



This is one of the only surviving East St. Louis Bridge Co. spans. This firm was previously known as the Attica Bridge Company when it was located in Attica, Indiana before moving West around 1913. Many examples of Attica spans still remain in Indiana.

The latticed struts on this bridge are like the ones used on many Attica spans.


Through truss bridge over Big Sugar Creek on Cowan Ridge Road (CR SE-E-58), just southwest of Route E near Powell
McDonald County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Bypassed on a new alignment and 2 lane concrete bridge and converted to a pedestrian bridge.
Built 1914-15 by the East St. Louis Bridge Co.
- East St. Louis Bridge Co. of East St. Louis, Illinois (Superstructure)
- Fred W. Appleby (Substructure)
Main span: Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
North approach: Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 209.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 2011
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.61624, -94.18218   (decimal degrees)
36°36'58" N, 94°10'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/394285/4052952 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 22 N., R. 30 W., Sec. 21
981 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
MO 060-249000.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20158 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 11000215 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 22023 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2012: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • March 9, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Fixed status as this bridge is to remain for pedestrian use.
  • March 9, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is closed to traffic.
  • December 13, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • July 1, 2008: Updated by David Backlin
  • July 26, 2005: Posted photos from David Backlin



Powell Bridge
Posted May 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

A nice blog with lots of pictures about the bridge:


Powell Bridge
Posted January 30, 2012, by Larry Dooley

I crossed the bridge in March of 2011. I stoped on the bridge and checked out the rain gauge on the North side. If the bridge is closed it was closed after March 2011. I will do follow-up this March when I do visit to the equipment.

Powell Bridge
Posted July 1, 2008, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

The Joplin Globe reported on June 29, that the Powell Bridge has been saved from destruction. As soon as a new bridge can be built downstream, the old bridge will be converted into a pedestrian bridge.


Powell Bridge
Posted January 12, 2008, by JT (garoadwarrior76 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Such a shame that they can't just rehabilitate and save a beautiful structure like this. This bridge stood out to me above most of the others on this site...partly due to its striking similarities to the long-closed Tilley Bridge on my own site. Every day it angers and disappoints me that they continue to demolish and close these structures rather than restoring them and keeping them in use. These are small lightly traveled local roads, and I do not understand why we have to constantly replace everything interesting and enjoyable with something else ugly, boring and utilitarian. It clearly shows what our leaders think of their communities and the population as a whole.

Powell Bridge
Posted January 7, 2007, by Brenda Mustain (brendamustain [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have lived just a few hundred feet from this bridge for the last 40 years and there is nothing like the charm that this quaint old bridge presents. I have crossed it thousands of times and at no time did I feel unsafe. It has been a part of the lives of my children and grandchildren for their entire lives. When my kids were young, they fished from it, as my grandkids have just this last summer. My son had some of his senior pictures taken on the old bridge. My late husband and I used to walk to the old bridge and just stand, holding hands, looking down into the water, watching the fish swim around. It is too bad that more people haven't had such a wonderful old bridge to look at and enjoy for as many years as I have this one.