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Enon Private Drive Bridge

Photo 

Enon RR Bridge

RH Oblique looking northerly.

Photo taken by K. Allen Ballard 2009

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BH Photo #413333

Map 

Description 

Former StL&HRR right of way thru Enon, also known as Hoeberville. When the 'Short Line' built thru this area in 1882 there was nothing here so RR officials named it Enon, which was 'NONE' spelled backwards. The US Postal Service didn't share their humor so the post office was called Hoeberville for Frank Hoeber owned a store and post office (1883-1914). In 1917 the ICC Report on railroads indicate there was 285' long spur track and a small shed/passenger shelter (flag stop platform) with composition roof that measured 12.5' x 12.5' x 12'. The community dates to 1797 when Adam Zumwalt settled this area west of Flint Hill. In 1850, Adam's son, Solomon sold the property to Frank G. Hoeber who built a store here. Frank's son, Theodore later ran the store. In 1883, there was a store, post office, saloon, blacksmith wagon maker, cobbler, stock dealers and later a sawmill in Enon which grew to 90 residents around 1893. The Post Office closed in 1914 and the railroad was abandoned and removed in 1933. The town dried up until today with two homes on either side of MO Rt P.

Facts 

Overview
Pony plate girder bridge over McCoy Creek on Private Drive (formerly StL&HRR)
Location
Hoeberville, St. Charles County, Missouri
Status
Open to authorized vehicles only
Future prospects
Sign claims road as private road.
History
This bridge replaced a 16 span pile Timber Trestle (1917 ICC Report) ca. 1920
Builder
- Unknown StL&HRR contractor
Railroad
- St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad (StL&H)
Design
Pony plate girder
Also called
StL&H - Enon Bridge
StL&H - Hoeberville Bridge
StL&H - Station 81 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.86873, -90.83320   (decimal degrees)
38°52'07" N, 90°49'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/687982/4304440 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
415 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
StL&H MP 81.6
BH 79627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2017: Updated by Luke: Corrected title/overview/status to reflect that the bridge is on a private road
  • December 6, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added type
  • December 6, 2017: Added by K. Allen Ballard, add detailed history & details

Sources 

  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Bastean Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

aaah....good stuff. Love the story.

Bastean Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The county GIS website doesn't show this road, suggesting that it is private:

https://map.sccmo.org/Main/viewers/desktop/

The old series MoDOT map of St. Charles County does show this road, but uses the dotted line symbol for a private road.

The new series MoDOT map does not show this road:

http://modot.org/newsandinfo/CountyMaps.htm

This bridge is not listed in the National Bridge Inventory.

The Census Bureau's TIGER dataset does not show this road -- which is rather odd since it includes both public and private roads.

Google Maps does label this road as Bastean Road, but I believe that's a mistake. The county GIS map shows another Bastean Road to the east leading to a subdivision, and that is a public road. It appears that Google Map is confused, which is not that unusual.

All signs point to this being a private drive.

Bastean Road Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Last time I was here the sign at Rt P entrance claimed it was a private drive. I have a fellow rail fan who said owner has called county sheriff on anyone on this road. That was 10 yrs ago. Dead end road but pretty sure it is maintained by county. At the north end of this road was a 2nd bridge (at one time) over Big Creek StL&HRR Bridge No. 116, from there the RR went to Owen. Big Creek was a 62' Thru girder w a 13 pile approach on one end and a 12 pile approach on the other.

Enon RR Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Private property per the county GIS. Owner contact info can be found there as well.

Enon RR Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I donít necessarily buy that this is a private bridge. I know some landowners like marking property that isnít theirs. If google has an actual name for the road, I would assume that the road still shows up as public on recent GIS surveys, to the best of my knowledge.

Enon RR Bridge
Posted December 6, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

At the moment, this is the best photo I have. This is a digital scan of an old school photo I took in 2009. Hopefully, I can get a better one(s) in the near future.