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Buechter Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Lost Swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Buechter Bridge Road (CR A-16) southwest of St. Anthony
Miller County, Missouri
Demolished November 1, 2011
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; replaced 2011
- Joseph Dice
Wire suspension
Span length: 141.0 ft.
Total length: 141.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.14118, -92.29667   (decimal degrees)
38°08'28" N, 92°17'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/561632/4221713 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Anthony
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 1
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 19495 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22041 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 3, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status...as bridge is now lost.
  • May 28, 2008: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • March 8, 2005: Posted additional photo from Jeremy Lance



Buechter Bridge
Posted February 26, 2017, by Gregory Luther (gsluther [at] charter [dot] net)

This year will mark the 10th running of the "Swinging Bridges Ride". The picture I will try to send is from ride number Two

Buechter Bridge
Posted November 4, 2011, by Anonymous

can not belive they tore the bridge down a real loss

Buechter Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another piece of irreplaceable American History comes crashing down.....

Todd Baslee photo

Buechter Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Mike (centmo3088 [at] live [dot] com)

Picture as it was falling into the creek.

Buechter Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Mike (centmo3088 [at] live [dot] com)

Buechter Bridge is no more. The suspension cables were cut and it was dropped in the creek, Tuesday November 1, 2011. Replacement is underway.

Buechter Bridge
Posted October 19, 2011, by J.P.

Sorry the Writing is so Small

Buechter Bridge
Posted October 19, 2011, by Mike (centmo3088 [at] live [dot] com)

It was announced last week that the county has found the funds to replace this bridge. It was originally slated to be dropped into the creek below and salvaged on November 15. They are stating now that the steel has arrived sooner than expected for the new bridge and the crossing will close Monday Oct. 24, 2011 and remain closed until further notice. No exact date was given for the demolition.

Buechter Bridge
Posted December 17, 2008, by Don

Very cool pictures Mike.

Buechter Bridge
Posted May 15, 2008, by mike (centmo3088 [at] live [dot] com)

I frequently cross this bridge, but only in a pickup. It remains in service with a 2 ton posted limit. Hopefully the county will find the money to replace it someday. Here are a couple old pictures I have from sometime in the early 90's. This guy was lucky, he wasn't loaded. A few years later a loaded truck fell completely through and the driver was killed.