Salt River Covered Bridge 25-87-01
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.
- Lost two-span covered bridge over Salt River north of New London on the Hannibal-New London Toll Road
- Ralls County, Missouri
- No longer standing, but north approach abutment remains exist.
- Built during the 1850's
- - John Morris
- Covered Howe through truss, likely built of native Walnut.
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)
- Quadrangle map:
- New London
- Inventory number
- BH 22412 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 26, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added photo; update historical data; builder, date completed, cost, demolition date; add photo information detail.
- "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