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Cook's Ford Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn in October 2009


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Through truss over Long Branch on CR 624
Monroe County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1914 by the Decatur Bridge Co.; relocated here in 1930
- Decatur Bridge Co. of Decatur, Illinois
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 111.8 ft.
Total length: 169.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.37259, -91.84121   (decimal degrees)
39°22'21" N, 91°50'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/599814/4358764 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Santa Fe
Land survey
T. 53 N., R. 8 W., Sec. 18
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 12722 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 069-018001.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 22105 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 19, 2017: New photo from K. Allen Ballard
  • October 5, 2014: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • October 5, 2009: New photos from James Baughn



Cook's Ford Bridge
Posted December 19, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Revisited, Dec 18, 2017; water was WAY down here. In fact, it was barely flowing here as it has been dry most of 2017. I was able to get around from just about any angle w/o resorting to my boots. Will post photos as I get a chance. Bridge is easy to get to from MO Rt D, is in very good shape.

Cook's Ford Bridge
Posted October 5, 2014, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited Cook's Ford today, Oct 5th, 2014; about 4:30pm; despite recent heavy rains, we were able,(with boots), to get some decent photos from Long Branch creek edge. As luck would have it, a local landowner drove across the bridge, stopped and visited a few minutes. He said; "Believe it or not, a few years back (I assume 2008), the water was 5 ft over the deck of the bridge." Hopefully, we can come back, this would be a great fall foilage photo-shoot.