Photo taken by John Christeson in February 2010
This bridge was located less than half a mile from my boyhood home. Years ago we owned property on both sides of this road on the opposite side of the bridge. Sometime back in the early 1940's my dad sold the property on the right to a fellow by the name of Anderson who built a filling station and store. It was sort of a motel too. They had several cabins they rented overnight. The place was named "The Beacon" It closed sometime in the early 60's.
Back in the 40"s the creek flooded so bad that it got up into the Beacon filling station. To appreciate the amount of water this would have taken you'd have to see the area in person. The beacon actually sits on sort of a bluff of the little St.Francois. I was told the water was going over the top of the bridge. It was the only time that has ever happened even with the huge rain storms we had when I was a kid.