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Westphalia Bridge



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Through truss bridge over Maries River on CR 611 near Westphalia
Osage County, Missouri
Destroyed by overweight truck
Main span built 1893 by the Kansas City Bridge Co.; pony trusses added 1902 by the Interstate Bridge Co.
- Interstate Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
From west to east (all trusses are pin-connected):
One 4-panel half-hip Pratt pony truss, with northern truss destroyed
Two 5-panel half-hip Pratt pony trusses
One 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 279.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.5 ft.
Also called
Big Maries Bridge
Pentecostal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.44463, -91.99081   (decimal degrees)
38°26'41" N, 91°59'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/588067/4255631 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Westphalia East
Land survey
T. 43 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MO 076-075000.3 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 14760 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22248 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 17, 2020: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • August 17, 2020: New photo from Jeremy Ruble
  • August 17, 2020: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost
  • September 22, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added alternate names


  • Paul Boudreau - paboudreau [at] mchsi [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Jeremy Ruble - jaruble1982 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Westphalia Bridge
Posted October 5, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Street view doesn't go far enough to view the signs at the 610-611 junction. If posted as described then there really is no excuse for taking a loaded truck down the road.

Any news on what is going to happen to the driver, the trucking company, and the bridge?

Westphalia Bridge
Posted October 2, 2020, by Frank Reichart (freichart [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I live on the road that this bridge was located on. I have lived here almost my entire life. Just below my house, at the junction of Co Rd 611(the road that the bridge is on) and my road, Co Rd 610, a sign is posted clearly stating LOAD LIMIT 5 TONS, accompanied by a sign that clearly states NO SEMI TRUCKS. Identical signs are posted on the other side on the bridge, right by the Westphalia City Limit sign. In both instances, trucks have options to go other directions easily to avoid using the bridge.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 25, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Read on a reliable website i use that the truck driver said he hit the bridge while supposedly turning around.I'm pretty sure there are news articles confirming this.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Headache bars are the best solution, and it frustrates me that they are not used more often. Certainly there are many cases where bypassing or relocating trusses are a good option. But we should NOT be forced to give up vehicular truss bridges just because the majority of truck drivers in America are stupid, illiterate idiots that should NEVER be behind the wheel of a truck if they are incapable of knowing the dimensions and weight of their vehicles and comprehending the road signage that restricts the passage of their vehicle. Whoever did this should have their license permanently revoked.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've had two county engineers try to argue with me that headache bars are a liability. I fail to see, if proper signage is placed before them, how that is possible.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Didn't get far, did he?

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bars are nice but in this case it would have to be quite a way SE on 611 to prevent turning on to the road so there was no need to back out. Very possible nonetheless.

There are also several more diabolical ideas involving swinging weights, trap doors, and tire spikes. Probably get lawyers salivating even mentioning them....

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I still like off-structure headache bars that keep oversized vehicles from ever making it to the bridge. While I certainly agree with bypassing historic bridges over demolition, bypassed spans often tend to become forgotten ones.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Pictures here:


I think the best solution to this sort of destruction is to put in place a program of bypassing historic trusses. Less disruptive to traffic plus it allows for the fact that drivers will sometimes decide to "chance it", especially if turning around is difficult or impossible. I suspect that's the case here. The driver got to the bridge and did not have the option of backing out of the situation. Heavily publicized stiff fines against the drivers rather than companies or insurers might have an effect although if they are willing to risk their life....

Westphalia Bridge
Posted August 17, 2020, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame...

Westphalia Bridge Collapse 8.17.2020
Posted August 17, 2020, by Laura Huffman (piagt71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Osage County Sheriff reporting that the bridge has collapsed.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted March 18, 2020, by Sandy Buffa (Sabu [at] charter [dot] net)

Went to Youth Camp there in 1965-66. So interesting! Thanks so much for sharing.

Westphalia Bridge
Posted March 24, 2008, by Paul Boudreau (paboudreau)

Here is an exceptional image of the bridge appearing on an undated 1 cent postcard. Thanks to Shawn Kell of Koeltztown for bringing it to my attention.