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Fenton Iron Bridge

Map 

Description 

Built in 1885 to replace a timber covered bridge. This bridge carried Gravois Road over the Meramec River and into downtown Fenton following the alignment of what in 2013 is called Mound Street. A new bridge was built in 1925 and the Gravois Road alignment moved to the new bridge. A topographical map from 1940 suggests the bridge may have been open then, and it is visible in a 1958 aerial photograph, but by 1971 it was no longer extant.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Meramec River on Gravois Road
Location
St. Louis County, Missouri
Status
Demolished
History
The first iron bridge over the Meramec River in Fenton
Design
Iron bridge
Dimensions
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.51432, -90.43371   (decimal degrees)
38°30'52" N, 90°26'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/723747/4266003 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kirkwood
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 35
Inventory number
BH 57702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2013: Added by Fmiser

Sources 

  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fenton History page - Page with a short history of Fenton

Comments 

Original Fenton Iron Bridge
Posted August 4, 2016, by Jim Kaminski (miklospierce [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I remember in the mid to late 1950s my father drove over this bridge with objections from my mother. The deck was wood plank and was very noisy, and of course, was still open. The second iron bridge was already available for use.