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StL&H - Frankford Stone Arch

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Harry O'Toole in January 2004

Enlarge

BH Photo #122790

Map 

Description 

Originally this was a wooden trestle bridge and the StL&HRR filled in around it. 3 German stonemasons, Cornelius Foutes & his two sons built the arch structure. It is said they spoke a secret 'tongue' or dialect of their own.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Peno Creek on abandoned St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad in Frankford
Location
Frankford, Pike County, Missouri
Status
Open to pedestrians only by walkway (old right of way) above
History
Built 1890
Builder
- Cornelius Foutes
Railroad
- St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad (StL&H)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Span length: 25.0 ft.
Total length: 25.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.49450, -91.31778   (decimal degrees)
39°29'40" N, 91°19'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/644169/4373236 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankford
Land survey
T. 55 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 35
Elevation
560 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
MO 082-151000.1 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 37331 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/1990)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 32.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
15

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Updated description.
  • June 28, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 24, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 1, 2016: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • December 31, 2015: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update history and construction info. More later.....
  • October 18, 2010: Updated by Jamie Forbes: 1) Added elevation from GPS (base) 536' at base, 2) Added city: Frankford
  • April 16, 2009: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • August 28, 2008: New photos from Harry O'Toole

Sources 

  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • Jamie Forbes - jwforbes87 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

StL&H - Frankford Stone Arch
Posted June 29, 2016, by John Marvig

Yeah, I really enjoyed this arch and the Three Arch Bridge. They are much bigger than they look online! Very interesting history for those two bridges.

StL&H - Frankford Stone Arch
Posted June 29, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

THX for the new pics John; hope you enjoyed your visit to Frankford, MO. Lots of St. Louis & Hannibal RR history & roight of way remains here.