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Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge

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Overview from southeast

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Grand Auglaize Creek on Swinging Bridges Road (Lake Road 42-18) southwest of Brumley
Location
Miller County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1922 by Joseph Dice
Builder
- Joseph Dice
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 414.0 ft.
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.07744, -92.52668   (decimal degrees)
38°04'39" N, 92°31'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/541512/4214512 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Toronto
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 36
Inventory numbers
MO 066-274001.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20779 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22042 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 3.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
250

Update Log 

  • April 1, 2017: New photos from Neil Krout
  • October 4, 2015: New photos from Diane Martin
  • January 20, 2013: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • November 19, 2012: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • May 28, 2008: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • January 9, 2006: Posted all new photos

Sources 

Comments 

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted September 30, 2017, by Bill Robinson (modeltt [at] msn [dot] com)

Follow the link - a video of an old Model T Ford crossing the Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge https://youtu.be/e5VUSWJYan0

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted January 2, 2015, by Al Griffin (grif [dot] pi [at] gmail [dot] com)

More of the images from last weekend.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted January 2, 2015, by Al Griffin (grif [dot] pi [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love these old bridges and never worry about driving over them. The amazing part of this bridge is the straight strand suspension cable. This predated woven cable and just bundled straight strands of wire.

The first time I drove over the Royal Gorge bridge it still had the original straight strand cable supports. They have since been replace by woven wire cables but the bridge is the same.

I will attempt to upload some of my recent pictures of the structure.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted December 8, 2012, by Sean

Still seems sturdy enough.

Re: Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted February 11, 2012, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Donna, do you have any more details from the newspaper article about the replacement project? This is absolutely terrible news.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted February 11, 2012, by Donna

I read in our local paper this bridge is scheduled for demolition and replacement soon. Be sure and see it before it's gone.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted December 29, 2011, by Scott

We drove from Kansas City on 12-27-11 to look at the bridges. Both the Mill Creek and the Grand Auglaize were great. I'm jealous of Miller County residents. To live in an unspoiled area must be great. Beautiful country!

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted August 10, 2011, by Amber Soval (shadowrosefarms [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a great day playing on the bridge!!!!!

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted August 10, 2011, by Amber Soval (shadowrosefarms [at] gmail [dot] com)

I Have soooo many amazing memories on and all around both of the beautiul bridges!!! It is a part of my history.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted July 14, 2011, by Darrin (dw1970 [at] centurytel [dot] net)

I recently saw where the deck FINALLY got replaced. It must have happened during the winter. Does anyone have pics?

To answer Will's question, there aren't any drawings. At least none by Joe Dice. He never used blueprints. Every design aspect was in that man's head.

Consequently, once the state highway department started requiring drawings for any bids, he was basically forced into retirement.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted May 26, 2011, by Will (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Wow, I have to see this someday!

Does anyone have the drawings? Do we know what Mr. Dice's anchorages consist of?

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted May 25, 2011, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Scariest bridge I've ever crossed.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted June 28, 2010, by Keith Allen Ridenhour (keith [dot] ridenhour [at] wellstar [dot] org)

I am amazed the Swingin bridges are still there-i am a grown man but i am in tears right now. I was born in St. James Mo, my family used to vacation there and Camp every 4th of July and we would fish at the Bagnal Dam. If i remember correctly there were actually 2 swing' bridges there a small one and the larger one shown in the Photo. i miss Miller County so much. I have fished below both sides and use to help my Granpa sen bait below the brides and back in the Slews, we had trot lines and limb lines out every year. I found this info about the swingin bridges on Bing.com, i am truesly home sick now.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted May 16, 2010, by John Graham (gram65 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I was on this bridge over the weekend 5-14-2010. The sign said 5 Ton limit. My truck weights about 7800 lbs. But I did not want to drive across. So we walked across, And while we where on the bridge 3 cars and 2 small trucks drove across fine no problems. This bridge is a standing test of time. And a MUST SEE piece of history. And NO I didn't change my mind and drive over the bridge. Maybe next time in the wife's mini-van...

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted March 7, 2010, by Ray Streit (rwstreit [at] maplenetbroadband [dot] com)

This was our second trip to the bridge. You wonder why people would want to drive across it, but its fun to hear the people with you squeal and moan. Quite an experience.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted February 8, 2010, by Jessica Rogers (Jeanie20062007 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I going camping here practically every summer. Theres a great little spot right of the side off the river about a hundred feet from the bridge, surrounded on 3 sides by tress with a little trail leading to the bridge and me and my brothers and sisters used to lay out there at night and wonder if the cars were going to make it! It's truely beautiful, but personally I don't like driving over it! lol

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted August 25, 2009, by Anonymous

this is by far one of the craziest bridges i have ever drove across,pucker factor of 9 on a scale of 1-10. My wife and I were headed to a birthday party overnight stay at "LORA" I forced the google map to take us through some old small towns that we have been through before, verses taking the main highway. In doing so, I found a road called swinging bridges road, I just knew my wife and I would have to check this out. We could not believe the Mill Creek bridge, which is the first one we came to, with it's metal floor. Crazy! Then we saw the Grand Auglaize swinging bridge, definitely a must see. My wife said that this bridge made the whole trip worth it even though we had not yet reached our destination. Our Escalde tires sunk down in the 14" gap in the wooden boards. This was a little freaky, but awesome. We can not wait to go back and take our 3 year old son with us.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted August 18, 2009, by snoop (snoopdorkydork71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I will cry my eyes out if something happens to the swinging bridges. They are the best kind of old friend you can have. Even if you do not see them for a year or so, you can go back and pick up right where you left off.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted April 24, 2009, by Phoenix

I grew up in Missouri and went over the Swinging bridges alot. When i was little it was fun and now that i am 24 years old and live in another state me and my husband go back every summer and go over them and camp. It is exciting, it is a historic bridge and you get to cross it unsure if it is going to fall or not. lol Many people i have seen over the years will not cross over it they r scared and afraid. But year after year we go back and we have made it everytime. I love the Swinging Bridges they was a part of life while i was growing up.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted December 16, 2008, by Tim Apgar (tapgar318 [at] yaoo [dot] com)

My wife and I drove across this bridge a couple years ago-I was scared ****less. But we lived through it and and have pictures to prove it. I still makes me think of America as I grew up in it.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted June 27, 2008, by Sue (smartin [at] rotech [dot] com)

We went to visit these bridges (including this one) about 3 years ago. My sister had found them on this website and we made a weekend vacation out of them. We started on the Kliethermes Bridge and I was too scared to have us drive across so we walked it (I am glad we did since it is now gone). We drove across the next one even though I was reluctant, but by the time we got to this one, we were more than ready to drive across. We had a 2000 Ford F-250 Power Stroke truck at the time, but that didn't stop us. We started across and had to back off when another car was already coming across from the opposite side. We drove across and then turned around and came back. The whole time coming back, I was half-way out of the rolled-down window taking pictures of the gaps in the deck and of us in the truck on the bridge.

I remember going with my parents and brother to some old bridges when I was about 10. When we all got home from the weekend trip, I pulled out old photo albums and called my dad to see if he remembered where those old bridges were. He seemed to think that they were around the Lake of the Ozarks area, but thought they were torn down as that way why we all went way back then. I found the pictures from when I was a kid and it was the same bridge.

I was really amazed at the bridge and what a wonderful bunch of memories it provided (both times)!

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Janet and Family (jgast1998 [at] msn [dot] com)

We came across the bridge quite by accident trying to get from the campground to the cavern. My husband took the van in about 75 feet and freaked out. We backed out and found the "5 ton" sign, but it still didn't convince him. Me and two of the kids walked across and back while dad and one stayed behind. I was amazed at the gaps and the views were spectacular. We never missed a beat and our six year old daughter kept asking why dad was afraid. It was exciting for those that crossed and a relief for those that didn't! What a beautiful park! Unfortunately we missed the cavern tour time due to the delay and had to "settle" for our next stop, Meramec Cavern...The walk over the bridge is well worth it!

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted June 13, 2007, by Becky (becky [dot] harbaugh [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm a part of the Musick family too and I remember going over the bridges when I was young to visit my grandmother. We also had family reunions at the bridges and I remember a relative jumping off the bridge a time or two myself. It was a fun part of my life and I'm thinking about taking my grandchildren down there to experience the same thing. Of course, I always closed my eyes when my Dad drove over those bridges. I wonder how I will do now????

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted April 10, 2007, by jeepie (jeep_lover_2003 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

well it has been a few years sense me and my husband been there, but if we could get the chance we would go back in a heart beat, a great place to teach your children to fish and learn how to camp.now my mother and her family was raise on the hill from the big swinging bridge, and if you would mention the last name of musick I would bet all the old timers would remember, just who you would be talking about, and we also had a brother that decide to jump from the big bridge along time ago,so yes it was deep at one time, and it still is I would image, When my brother's and sister's were growing up we went there every summer, it was a great place, miss those times, and you will find very friendly people and i bet if you would run into one of those old timers they would tell you stories about the old days.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted April 9, 2007, by patti (Roseandsage2005)

Well... that is n othing I FELL through that bridge during a camping trip with my whole family. MY DAD drove a bus camper across it all the time...

Patti

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted March 19, 2007, by Lillie musick whitaker (Phatamus_prime [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My family lived around that bridge all our lives i have seen full size driving campers drive over that bridge and that was just last summer...i just think some of these people are a bunch of wimps

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted September 25, 2006, by K Goetz (curnynco [at] nbson [dot] net)

Drove the 10 miles from Osage Beach to explore the "Swinging Bridges" and it was well worth the drive. We walked part way across, then drove over and back. It was an amazing adventure...talk about fear factor...would do it again in a minute. Great family adventure next time you are in the Lake of the Ozarks...not much in Brumley, but bridges were worth the experience...Local traffic only sign doesn't exist. Was amazed at how much traffic the bridges got in just the few minutes we were there.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted May 18, 2006, by Karie

I am a Lake area resident who has visited this bridge many times with visitors to astound them by this engineering feat! I believe the "local traffic only" sign is gone. I have driven back and forth over this bridge many times. Make sure to go slowly, and roll all your windows down for full effect. It sounds like riding a wood-frame roller coaster. There is actually a Missouri State Park located at the bridge site as well. As far as "Will the bridge hold", I have seen extended cab pickups cross pulling trailers with boats in them.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted March 31, 2006, by Darrin (dwilliams [at] watlow [dot] com)

After spending the day shopping at the Osage Beach outlet mall, I drove my wife and kids to Brumley to show them the engineering marvel that is the Grand Auglaize swinging bridge. They were thrilled. . .no really!

We checked out the Mill Creek Bridge first then drove over to the Grand Auglaize Bridge. Of course, I was too chicken to drive over it. . .again. I would've had to enjoy the experience alone anyway. I know there would be no way on God's green Earth that my wife and kids would stay in the truck with me.

I was impressed that my wife and kids actually walked across it. . .until they came up to the first HUGE gap between the boards. The gap was big enough that our two year old son could've fallen through!

I walked over to the other side and took a few pictures but when I got halfway across on the way back . . .danged if someone wasn't driving down the road from whence I came! I really didn't think it wise to get caught walking on that bridge with someone else DRIVING across it at the same time. So, much to the amusement of my wife, I took off sprinting to safety hoping I wouldn't trip between between any two boards. Fortunately, I made it with a few seconds to spare. . .

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted March 26, 2006, by Anonymous

"Local traffic only" ...that's interesting. What does that even mean, and who is enforcing it? It is totally amazing that the unwrapped cable pictured is going into a concrete anchor where it can't be inspected and the other side is in contact with the ground, where IT can't be inspected. It's a beautiful bridge but every day that bridge remains standing is a miracle.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted March 23, 2006, by Forrest Wyrick (wyric1f [at] cmich [dot] edu)

What a truly amazing bridge! I crossed this with a Lincoln towncar in the summer of 2005 and it showed what "redundancy" is all about. Even though many of the individual wires of the main cables were broken, the evidence of the value of multiple wires in a cable shows the superior strenth-to-weight ratio of suspension bridges over other types that cross such large spans. Anyone interested in this type of engineering should visit this bridge. I hope this bridge is preserved for future bridge enthusiests for this is truly a time-tested engineering marvel and shows what can be acheived with proper engineering and design.

Grand Auglaize Swinging Bridge
Posted January 11, 2006, by Darrin Williams

I love swinging bridges but the "local traffic" can have at this one all they want! Back in '01' my dad and I checked out this bridge. After I saw how this bridge reacted to a dinky Toyota Corolla and a Chevy Cavalier, I wasn't about to cross it in my 4700 lbs. van!

My dad didn't even want to cross it and he'd been across almost every swinging bridge in the Truman Lake area when he was growing up.

It is a beautiful bridge though and I sincerely hope they never tear down it or any other "Joe Dice Special" (as I like to call them)left standing.