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Salt River Covered Bridge 25-87-01

Photos 

Postcard

BH Photo #106931

Map 

Description 

Hannibal-New London Planked Toll Road Bridge over Salt River about 1909. This 300' Howe Truss covered bridge built by John Morris, was the first Ralls bridge to span the Salt River in April 9, 1853, surviving until at least June 1931 when a WPA steel span was completed during concrete surfacing of the Red Ball Route, now US 61. In Photo #2, George D. Clayton, Jr., later Hannibal lawyer & State Senator, stands below the northern abutments which survive today. When built it cost approximately $3000. (Photo courtesy of Steve Chou.) Caption from 'Ralls County' p.30, published by Arcadia Publishing 2012, author K. Allen Ballard.

Facts 

Overview
Lost two-span covered bridge over Salt River north of New London on the Hannibal-New London Toll Road
Location
Ralls County, Missouri
Status
No longer standing, but north approach abutment remains exist.
History
Built during the 1850's
Builder
- John Morris
Design
Covered Howe through truss, likely built of native Walnut.
Dimensions
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Also called
Hannibal-New London Planked Toll Road Bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.61278, -91.40654   (decimal degrees)
39°36'46" N, 91°24'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/636785/4385993 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 22412 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Covered (1,353)
Howe through truss (346)
Howe truss (429)
John Morris (1)
Lost (18,696)
Missouri (5,936)
Ralls County, Missouri (38)
Red Ball Route (22)
Through truss (12,893)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,604)
Truss (29,445)

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added photo; update historical data; builder, date completed, cost, demolition date; add photo information detail.

Sources 

  • "Missouri's Covered Bridges" - Article by Dorothy Caldwell in the Jan. 1967 issue of Missouri Historical Review (Vol. LXI, No. 2)
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com