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Callaway Fork Bridge



Photo taken by Michael Gulledge

BH Photo #107071


Closed through truss bridge over Callaway Fork on Old Route D west of New Melle
Foristell, St. Charles County, Missouri
Closed to all traffic in 1996 NBI
Built 1909 by the Decatur Bridge Co.; made obsolete by new bridge in 1968
- Decatur Bridge Co. of Decatur, Illinois
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss. Timber deck of 2x4 planks on edge, asphalt laid on top.
Length of largest span: 116.1 ft.
Total length: 117.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Karrenbrock Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.69377, -90.92052   (decimal degrees)
38°41'38" N, 90°55'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/680847/4284846 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Melle
Land survey
T. 46 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 33
Inventory number
BH 22569 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • July 20, 2013: New photos from Diane Martin
  • March 16, 2005: Posted photos by Michael Gulledge



Callaway Fork Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Hayden (oddobject [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up playing on, under, and around this old bridge. The creek beneath it was a favorite hang out for my brothers and I. It's still standing, but I wouldn't trust it to anything besides foot traffic.

Callaway Fork Bridge
Posted December 2, 2016, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Traffic was heavy so I didn't get to the bridge until it was too dark for photos. Bother! But it is still there, with a timber deck overlayed with asphalt, and small trees growing _on_ the deck.

It was dark enough I didn't examine the bridge closely, but it looked complete and intact - ready to be moved to a new home where it could be appreciated and loved. At least it wasn't demolished. Yet.

If you visit, approach from the north. The road on the south has a gate and an extensive collection of No Trespassing signs. From the north, I could have driven onto the bridge except for the guardrail welded across the portal.

Callaway Fork Bridge
Posted May 3, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Still shows in the most current satellite view......which I know isn't 20 years old.

Looks like this is an old alignment of the highway that now runs to the West.

Callaway Fork Bridge
Posted May 3, 2011, by amber bote (amberbote [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I went to find this bridge today for a photography assignment i had and could not find it, i asked a local and they said it has been gone for over 20 years!