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Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in March 2019


BH Photo #444978


Street View 


Construction started in 1854 on the North Missouri Railroad. On August 2, 1855, the first 19 mile stretch was completed from St. Louis to a ferry landing opposite St. Charles. The railroad was soon extended to the northwest from St. Charles.

It's likely that this bridge was original to the 1855 railroad. At present, this is the oldest known bridge in Missouri.

By the 1920s, this rail line (now part of the Wabash system) had been realigned to the south, leaving this bridge abandoned. It remains in excellent condition, despite being overgrown, thanks to the high-quality stonework.

Modern plat maps show that the northern half (or so) of the bridge is owned by the city of Bridgeton as part of the right-of-way for Taussig Road. The southern half is privately owned.


Abandoned stone arch bridge over Cowmire Creek on North Missouri Railroad (later Wabash Railroad)
Bridgeton, St. Louis County, Missouri
Abandoned and overgrown
Built 1855
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
16' wide (14' tall) stone arch culvert made of sandstone w/cypress flooring
Total length: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Cowmire Creek bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.77924, -90.41992   (decimal degrees)
38°46'45" N, 90°25'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/724122/4295440 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Charles
Inventory number
BH 64850 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,574)
Abandoned (3,654)
Arch (12,105)
Bridgeton, Missouri (7)
Built 1855 (29)
Built during 1850s (407)
Deck arch (11,343)
Have street view (26,956)
Missouri (6,306)
Railroad (15,438)
St. Louis County, Missouri (191)
Stone arch (3,052)
Total length under 25 feet (2,499)
Wabash Railroad (572)

Update Log 

  • August 11, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Reports of this bridge's demise have been greatly exaggerated
  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge reported as demolished
  • March 24, 2019: New Street View added by Jeff Wieland
  • March 24, 2019: New photos from James Baughn
  • June 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information, Bridge DOES exist
  • December 19, 2014: Added by James Holzmeier



Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2021, by Amanda (Dazzette [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hi. Amanda here. I’m very much excited to learn that I was wrong about this bridge’s demise! They cleared out a large portion of that area and there was a large stack of stones so I just assumed. I shouldn’t have and I’m sorry. But again, very very happy to hear it still exists! I get so sad every time I drive past it.

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Adam Arseneau (AdamArseneau [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was NOT demolished. Photo taken June 19, 2020

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted November 23, 2019, by Don Morrison

Just a coincidence that the report of loss was made on a Facebook post by a individual named Amanda?

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, that’s awesome. Sure ticked me off to see it was “demolished”. Do you know if it will stay standing?

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2019, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Still standing as of August 11, 2019

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I see that an August update on this bridge says the demise was exaggerated. Is it still intact..?

Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge
Posted June 22, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did a field check the past weekend. The bridge DOES indeed exist! Unfortunately, don't expect to see it in the summer months, as it is far too treed in to get any views of, and thus I do not have any documentation of this structure.