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Osceola Bridge


View Looking Southwest, Showing Modified Pratt Trusses And Stone Center Pier

Photo taken by Robert L. Hayden for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122845


Lost two-span through truss bridge over Osage River at Osceola
Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri
Demolished with the creation of Truman Reservoir
Lost circa 1970
Pair of pin-connected, 9-panel Pratt through trusses
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.04843, -93.70652   (decimal degrees)
38°02'54" N, 93°42'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/438009/4211424 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 22593 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


9-panel truss (220)
HAER documented (1,122)
Lost (28,529)
Lost during 1970s (947)
Missouri (6,563)
Osage River (30)
Osceola, Missouri (3)
Pin-connected (4,712)
Pratt through truss (6,061)
Pratt truss (10,305)
St. Clair County, Missouri (36)
Through truss (16,816)
Truss (35,500)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 4, 2016: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: moved pin, Quad map has a bridge here, and pictures seem to fit location
  • November 28, 2010: New photo from John Gover
  • November 22, 2008: New photo from James Baughn
  • September 1, 2008: New photos from James Baughn


  • HAER MO-16 - Osceola Bridge
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • John Gover
  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Geoff Hubbs


Osceola Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by joe wallace (joebosceola [at] gmail [dot] com)

In the 1880s the Osage was crossed at Osceola via three bridges from upstream to downstream -- 1) wagon bridge, 2) frisco RR, and 3) KC,C, and S RR

Osceola Bridge
Posted April 23, 2017, by John (johntherogger [at] gmail [dot] com)

Any chance this is the old highway bridge, prior to the widening of 13 and the arch bridge? Or could this bridge be one of the two Railroad Bridges that would have crossed here? KCCS or Blair Line?

Osceola Bridge
Posted August 12, 2009, by Snoop Dorky Dork (snoopdorkydork71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found these old photos in the online archive of Bittersweet, a publication done by students from Lebanon High School. I believe the pictures were taken by Stephen Ludwig, circa 1978. You can view the article here: http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodica...

Picture 1 Bridge at Osceola over the Osage River. A massive structure, unused due to floor's condition and not repaired because of single-lane width.

Picture 2 Inscription on Osceola Bridge.