Chris Gonnerman

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Website: http://rides.gonnerman.org

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Whiteman Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)

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North Fork Fabius MO 15 Bridge

North Fork Fabius MO 15 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
North Fork Fabius MO 15 Bridge, facing southeast

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South Fabius River CR 389 Bridge

Thunder Ave Bridge / Knox CR 389 (Knox County, Missouri)
View to the southwest

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Bridge view, facing southwest

Fox River CR 174 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)

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Lime Kiln Bridge, facing south

Lime Kiln / Shinn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)

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Hargis Ford Bridge, facing north

Hargis Ford Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)

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Route A Bridge

South Wyaconda River Route A Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)

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South Fabius River CR176 Bridge

South Fabius River CR 176 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
South Fabius River CR176 Bridge, facing northeast.

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Little Fabius River CR 265 Bridge

Little Fabius River CR 265 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Little Fabius River CR 265 Bridge, facing south

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Moore Bridge, facing east

Moore Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)

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Sycamore Lane Bridge

Sycamore Lane Bridge (Scotland County, Missouri)

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Recent Updates 

Deacon Mesmer Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Camelback through truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 166/310th Lane
September 9, 2015: New photo
Thunder Ave Bridge / Knox CR 389 (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 389
August 20, 2015: New photo
Upper Long Branch CR 900 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Upper Long Branch on CR 900
April 4, 2015: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Bridge has been replaced
Bear Creek CR 328 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 328
May 28, 2014: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge status, added photo
Bear Creek CR 328 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 328
May 28, 2014: New photo
Masterson Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pratt through truss bridge on Steam Engine Tracks
September 13, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Minor correction to description.
Masterson Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over North River on CR 189
September 13, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added details about relocation of bridge.
Masterson Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pratt through truss bridge on Steam Engine Tracks
September 13, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated some details. New owners are using original name for this bridge.
Whiteman Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Abandoned pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on CR 328
August 30, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added categories "A-frame portal", "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected"
Whiteman Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Abandoned pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on CR 328
August 30, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected name based on information from former member of county bridge crew.
Troublesome Creek CR 110 Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 110
August 29, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added categories "Riveted", "Concrete deck"
Troublesome Creek CR 110 Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 110
August 29, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected location, added details of truss type.
Whitaker Ford Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 143
August 28, 2013: New photos
Marion County Road 135 Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge over Unnamed Creek on County Road 135
August 28, 2013: Added
Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Sees Branch on CR 240
August 28, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added categories "Riveted", "Concrete deck"
Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Sees Branch on CR 240
August 28, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated bridge description.
Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Sees Branch on CR 240
August 28, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated bridge description.
Masterson Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over North River on CR 189
August 26, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Bridge has been replaced (announced on the news this morning)
Kirby Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Black Creek on CR 227
August 10, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Bridge has been replaced.
Messner Branch CR 149 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Messner Branch of Salt River on CR 149
August 10, 2013: New photo
Aldridge Road Bridge (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Branch of South Fork Middle Fabius River on Aldridge Road
August 5, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added categories "4-panel truss", "One-lane traffic", "Riveted", "Concrete deck"
Aldridge Road Bridge (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Branch of South Fork Middle Fabius River on Aldridge Road
August 5, 2013: Added
Turney Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Thomas Creek on CR 453
July 27, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Minor correction to bridge location.
Walkersville Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Salt River on CR 345
June 8, 2013: New photos
Black Creek CR 116 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Black Creek on CR 116
June 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Changed status of bridge.
Medicine Creek CR 284 Bridge (Mercer County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Medicine Creek on CR 284
May 26, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated bridge status again (found better satellite imagery)
Wildcat Creek CR 163 Bridge (Mercer County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on Gaslight Place (CR 163)
May 26, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated bridge status.
West Medicine Creek Bridge (Mercer County, Missouri)
Lost bedstead pony truss bridge over West Medicine Creek on Domino Place (CR 122)
May 26, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Bridge has been removed, road now ends here; there is a low-water crossing serving the landowner.
Medicine Creek CR 284 Bridge (Mercer County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Medicine Creek on CR 284
May 26, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location and status.
Chariton River Route J Bridge (Macon County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Chariton River on Route J
May 22, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Bridge has been replaced.
Capps Bridge (Adair County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek on Mavis Road (CR 159)
May 22, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated bridge status. Definitely not there anymore.
Chariton River Covered Bridge (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost 130-ft covered bridge over Chariton River somewhere in Adair County
May 22, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Updated status to "gray" the bridge in the listing.
CR 110 over BNSF Railway Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Pony plate girder bridge over BNSF Railway on CR 110
May 20, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Minor update to description.
Bear Creek CR 328 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 328
May 19, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Changed status of bridge.
Little Fox River CR 151 Bridge (Clark County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Fox River on CR 151
May 16, 2013: New photo
North Bottom Road Rock Creek Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge on Bottom Road (603rd Lane)
April 9, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected name, added description.
North Bottom Road Rock Creek Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge on Bottom Road (603rd Lane)
April 9, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Added categories "A-frame portal", "One-lane traffic", "Riveted", "Concrete Deck"
North Bottom Road Rock Creek Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge on Bottom Road (603rd Lane)
April 9, 2013: Added
Branch Medicine Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Medicine Creek on a county road
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected location and bridge description.
Branch Medicine Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over branch of Medicine Creek on 140th Street
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location, type, and status.
Branch East Locust Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over a branch of East Locust Creek on 130th Street
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected location and bridge description.
Branch South Blackbird Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Lost bedstead pony truss bridge over a branch of South Blackbird Creek on CR 352
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location and status.
Bradshaw Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over North Blackbird Creek on Nettle Trail
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Road is closed, bridge location appears long abandoned, no way to photograph without trespassing.
Evergreen Trail Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over North Blackbird Creek on Evergreen Trail
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location, noted replacement.
Branch North Blackbird Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of North Blackbird Creek on CR 386
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location, added descriptive info.
Cemetery Road Bridge (De Witt County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Ten Mile Creek on Cemetery Road
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge description (spelling)
North Blackbird Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over North Blackbird Creek on CR 156
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location.
Branch Sandy Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over a branch of Sandy Creek on Calamint Trail (CR 165)
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location.
Wildcat Creek Bridge (Putnam County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on CR 293
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge location.
Adair County Road 16 Bridge (Adair County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Blackbird Creek on Grapevine Road
April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Corrected bridge design.

Recent Comments 

Posted September 7, 2013

I have been told by a member of the Northeast Missouri Old Threshers that this bridge has been moved to their site adjacent to the fairgrounds just north of Shelbina, Missouri, and is now carrying their steam locomotive (which runs on a limited track within the facility). I have no idea what the proper status of this bridge should be.

I plan to get pictures at the new site and post them within the next week. However, if someone wants to tell me what status to apply (or just go ahead and correct it for me) I'd be much appreciative.

Posted May 19, 2013

Information on this page indicates the bridge was inspected in 2011, but my wife's cousin lives on the land where CR 328 used to be, and she assures me the road has been closed and abandoned for much longer than that. I tried to approach the bridge from the other direction and discovered that way is also blocked. The satellite image seems to indicate that the bridge is long gone too, but I can't be 100% sure of that.

Posted April 30, 2013

A friend sent me demolition pictures of this bridge; apparently it's being taken down right now.

Posted April 8, 2013

Can anyone tell me what type of bridge this is? Putnam County, Missouri has several of this type. I can see that it is a bedstead truss; however, the descriptive text for these bridges (which are obviously all related) varies between "Bedstead double-intersection Warren" and "Lattice bedstead" types. It looks like a lattice to me, but I'd like confirmation before I go around changing them.

Posted March 30, 2013

Not only do I not see the bridge in the satellite image, I don't even see any creek on the satellite image for this bridge to cross. Do we have any idea if this bridge even exists?

Posted June 3, 2012

Apparently, I can't promote my pictures above the ones previously posted. That must be a webmaster-only thing.

Posted June 2, 2012

I've just posted photos from Monday (Memorial Day) of this bridge viewed from both ends. Is it preferable to have a current picture, or the historical photo, as the "thumbnail" for this bridge?

(Not pushing to have mine moved up. Just curious.)

Posted April 9, 2012

I see your point. Note that the center diagonals are technically compression rather than tension members; this is consistent with a Warren truss. I still suspect the bridge builder had looked at some Thacher-derived trusses when designing this one... those center diagonals look almost exactly like the ones I've seen on the Thacher derivatives. Parts-wise, it's a bit of a mashup.

So I'll change the truss description to correspond to that type.

Posted April 7, 2012

Just a bit more, if you don't mind. I found the information about Thacher trusses (particularly the patent situation) here:

http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Posted April 7, 2012

Actually, now that I've looked up Thatcher trusses, I realize that this is just another modification of the type. According to some information I found on a few other sites, the Thacher truss was patented, and no examples of the actual patent-original design still exist; but apparently, "almost" copying the design wasn't that uncommon. I'm guessing the bridge builder, taken with the Thacher design, used common Pratt components at the ends but swapped the usual crossing eyerods with Thacher-style braces in the middle two panels.

Is this enough, do you think, to reclassify this as a Thacher truss for purposes of this site?

Pedestrian Bridges
Posted April 6, 2012

Are recently-built metal pedestrian bridges welcome here? I've included a photo of one of two such bridges in Columbia, MO.

If so, what sort of bridge do I call this?

Posted April 6, 2012

I don't know what to make of this bridge. On the surface it looks like a common pin-connected Pratt truss, but the angled members in the center two panels are rigid and arranged to bear both tension and compression loads (as in a Warren truss).

I called it a Pratt, but I'm not at all sure that's correct. But it's sure cool.

Posted April 6, 2012

I question the construction date on this bridge. Pin-connected Pratt truss bridges in this area generally have construction dates closer to 1900, give or take a decade, and this bridge appears to be as old as any of them.

Posted September 13, 2011

This bridge was moved, intact, to a private residence in Memphis, Missouri; I've uploaded a picture of it as it appears now.

Mystery Bridge near Arbela, MO
Posted September 5, 2011

While hunting for other bridges, my eagle-eyed wife caught sight of a truss near Arbela, MO. My initial thought was that it was a railroad bridge, but after driving into and through Arbela and not finding a railroad crossing, I decided it was a road bridge; but looking at it on Google Earth, I've discovered that it WAS a railroad bridge, but that the railroad has been removed.

I've included the best picture we were able to get; it's not great, as we were quite a long way back. Examining all of the pictures we took, I've concluded that it's a Pratt through truss, seven panels long. It's about 100' long, according to my several attempts to measure it on Google Earth.

Not sure if I should add this one or not. I can't figure out any way to get a closer/better picture of it, as the right-of-way has reverted to the landowner(s) here, and I don't know any of them.