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Organ Ferry Bridge

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According to http://www.rallscounty.org/NewLondon/NewLondonHistory.pdf Organ Ferry Branch joined the Salt River about one mile east of New London. In January 1956 an overloaded truck fell through the floor of the bridge.

About Organ Ferry 

Written by Clark Vance

From http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kriegbaum/khn0203.html

ANDREW JACKSON ORGAN, born in the Old Alford Hotel in New London, MO. Parents from Bourbon CO., Kentucky, and came to Missouri in 1824....
Archibald ORGAN was his son and married POLLY KRIGBAUM, had a ferry across Salt River east of New London. The bridge over Salt River has long been called Organ Ferry Bridge.

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Overview
Lost through truss bridge near New London
Location
Ralls County, Missouri
Status
No longer exists
History
Collapsed under truck in Jan 1956. On a state highway between New London and Hannibal.
Design
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss with inclined upper chord
Also called
MO Route V bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.58649, -91.37048   (decimal degrees)
39°35'11" N, 91°22'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/639934/4383131 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 55 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 5
Elevation
506 ft. above sea level
USGS topographic map
Hannibal SE, MO
Inventory number
BH 22411 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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10-panel truss (119)
A-frame portal (282)
Collapsed (107)
Inclined upper chord (8)
Lost (11,645)
Missouri (4,636)
Mystery (68)
Pin-connected (1,738)
Pratt through truss (3,439)
Pratt truss (6,093)
Ralls County, Missouri (30)
Through truss (10,026)
Truss (24,727)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2011: Essay added by Clark Vance
  • April 17, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com