was looking at another bridge this morning and I hit the google map next to it. Have been looking at it all day and finally got into my area. As I have previosly stated I thought this bridge was located at the end of Brownsfield Road. Older locales have confirmed this. What I found interesting is that on this google map it shows Bobcat rd(the road at the end of Brownsville) crossing the river and connecting to Lexington Rd. I'm 33 years old but I have been traveling these backroads since I was ten. This map confirms to me that this is the location of this bridge
A contradiction of when this bridge was built. I believe this information is correct. This was in the 2008 edition of the Old Settler's Gazette.
"Of these three earliest bridges, only the
construction date for Skaggs is known. It
was erected in 1894 by the Chicago Bridge
Company. Chances are it was the first constructed,
providing the closest access for the
county seat at Waynesville to the railroad at
Crocker. The other two were built at least by
1906, as they appear on a county map of that
My brother and I believe that we may have located the person who has the original marker for the bridge and we are going to try to get pictures of it to post here.
Found this in the 2008 edition of the Old Settler's Gazette.
"One of the first steel bridges built in Pulaski County, Skaggs Bridge was built in 1911. It crossed the Gasconade from Shockley Bottom on the south onto the Skaggs farm on the north side of the river.
Courtesy of Jan and Terry Primas.
This was the original bridge that was between Crocker and Waynesville. It was located roughly 5 miles downstream from Pikes Peak bridge in the area known as Shockley Bottom. You can get to Shockley Bottom by driving down Lexington road which is located next to Pikes Peaks bridge. I can not find where the bridge actually crossed the river there because it is all growen up and is private property. To access the other side you head north towards Crocker and make a right hand turn on Brownville Rd. At the end of it if you was to turn right you would be heading towards the bridges location. This is private property as well as well and there is signs posted. You can located this area I'm describeing on a map at this site http://www.communitylink.com/us/mo/waynesville/map/county You can see where it would have crossed the river.