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DODX - Devils Elbow Bridge


View from overlook

Old Old US 66 (Teardrop Road) features an overlook of this bridge just west of Devil's Elbow

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Two-span through truss bridge over Big Piney River on the US Army Railroad near Devils Elbow
Devils Elbow, Pulaski County, Missouri
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1941 as part of a railroad spur to Fort Leonard Wood
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Based off of similarly designed bridges)
- US Military Transportation Corps (DODX; USAX; USNX; DAFX)
Pair of 6-panel, steel Baltimore through trusses, with wooden trestle approaches
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 1,700.0 ft.
Also called
USAX - Devils Elbow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.84228, -92.06717   (decimal degrees)
37°50'32" N, 92°04'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/582076/4188725 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Devils Elbow
Land survey
T. 36 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 18
Inventory number
BH 22369 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • August 14, 2018: New photo from James Baughn
  • February 27, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • December 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed city to "Devils Elbow, MO"
  • February 17, 2012: New photo from Larry Dooley
  • August 19, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 1, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • April 13, 2009: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • December 13, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • January 25, 2005: Posted new photos


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  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Larry Dooley
  • Luke
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


DODX - Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted December 21, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This appears to use a King design, but also appears to be a Schaub variant truss as well:


I'm hoping to be able to answer where these spans came from, as I assume they date to 1905 like the other bridges with this portal design.

USAX - Devils Elbow Bridge
Posted April 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge had the same portal bracing as a group of much older railroad Pratt trusses in southeast Kansas. It does not look like anything that I would expect on a 1940s bridge. It makes me wonder if this one was relocated.

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted December 31, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Ain't I brilliant?

The Sign Says:

Goverment Property KEEP OFF

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted December 31, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

O.Erment is Goverment

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted August 8, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Perhaps he used stimulus money.........

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted August 8, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Who is O. Ernment and how did he make enough of a fortune to buy a railroad bridge?

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted August 6, 2009, by Jeff Huffman (jeffhtry [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Army may paint the bridge but they don't replace their signs. Taken July 2nd 2009 while on a float trip

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted July 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WHAT THE ....! A railroad bridge with paint on it? Don't know that I've ever seen one of those!!

Devils Elbow Railroad Bridge
Posted July 3, 2009, by snoop (snoopdorkydork [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

Pictures from float trips on June 28 & July 2 2009