In looking at the History Bridge Inventory it seems this bridge is named "Eagles Nest Bridge". I need to confirm this first & I will update name then. I was close by last Friday, but didn't have time to check in on it again. Last visit was probably 2007 'ish.
As to the purpose of such a bridge in the 'boonies', I asked a local gent (now 80) who knows this area; he says this bridge was originally the MO Hwy 79 bridge prior to the concrete/paved roads we now have. This bridge is pretty wide for a wood deck through truss. Scenic Hwy 79 was not built until much later, (in the 1950's)
In Nov 2006, I took some photos here, mostly of my originally favored 35mm panoramic shots, physically pasted together after film processing, Pre-Photoshop. One multi-panel panorama, won Honorable Mention @ John Wood College, Quincy, photo contest.
Another man, Rev. Richard Epperson (Salt River Christian Church, New London) told me he worked a motor grader for Pike County and they were still snow plowing/grading Pike CR115 and this bridge into the very early 1980's.
As a young kid I used to crawl out on the bridge and fish from it, The story I always heard was it used to a Rail Road bridge.I was shocked to find it on here.
I remember this bridge as a child. We crossed it to get to Taylor Chapel on CR 115. I remember wondering why such a large steel bridge was out in the middle of nowhere connecting two dirt roads. It had a wooden plank deck and my mom was terrified of it every time my dad would cross it but we thought it was a great adventure. This was back in the early '70's. Years later I always wondered if I had imagined this bridge. To find a picture of it and see that it was real brings back a lot of memories of summers spent at my Great Grandmother place up in Louisiana, MO and our trips to Taylor Chapel. I think this calls for a road trip his summer to check to see if the bridge, and the chapel, are still there. Show my kids a little piece of my history and childhood.