Can anyone tell me when the swinging bridge over the Osage in Monegaw was built?
Looks like another on of Joe Dice's masterpieces!
As a youngster, I crossed this bridge many times, both in my parents car, and on foot. A truck hauling logs fell thru the south approach to the south tower, and the bridge was closed from that time. This was about 1942 plus or minus a few years. Later, maybe a couple of years, the county sold the bridge to a salvage company for a reported $300. I was on hand and watched as they cut the cables on the south side of the river. The south tower was pulled into the river by the weight of the bridge and the cables were flung into the river also. Then, they cut the cables at the point where they entered the concrete anchors on the north side. Same thing - the north tower toppled into the river, flinging the cables into the river also. Nothing was salvaged! The wood from the flooring and wood from the towers floated off downriver in the current. As far as I know, the cables are still there, underwater!
the caves west of the bridge are recored with the state of mo.
[since the 1800 or early 1900s ] as the monegaw caves 1,2
and 3 the book CAVES OF MISSOURI will tell you all about it
i own the ceveland cave near monegaw also in the book.
I lived in monegaw springs my hole child hood there used to be about everything in town postoffice motel a store everyone came to get water from the spring my grandpaw rv bean once lived there for years he told me stores of the town it once was and fished from the bridge now all that is left is just the pillars of it
I spoke to my Grandpa who grew up in Osceola. His father used to drive over this bridge to sell goods in the old town of Monegaw. Last time my Grandapa was at this bridge was for a senior field trip in 1944. He isn't sure of how it was destroyed but he thinks it fell in shortly after 1945-46. He also confirmed the cave in the bluffs there were used by the James brothers.
I fish this area often and see the caves your speaking of. There are also old supports for this bridge that sit in the water. I was cust down fishing this yesterday and didnt even think to get a picture. I will next time I am down there.
I just visited the site for the first time today. I was actually visiting Monegaw Springs to visit Youngers Lookout just west of the north end of the bridge. There is a cave there which the outlaw Younger brothers (part of the Jesse James/Younger gang) visited often, maybe even sort of a hideout.
I may have some pictures later from a film camera.