Graduate Highland High School, Ewing, MO; Graduate (A.S. Electronic Technology) Truman State, Kirksville, MO, 1987; Quality Engineer; Historian; Musician; Wanna-be Photographer; Author of 2 books, 'History of the St. Louis & Hannibal RR, New London to Perry Branchline' (self-published 2008); 'Ralls County' published by Arcadia Publishing, Oct 2012. Old Bridge lover!
Siloam #1Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Salt River RR #4BNSF - Salt River Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox CR 282)Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Little Blue 3p editLittle Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Little Blue Creek #3Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Little Blue Pony #1Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Anderson rismiller ken cropAnderson / Rismiller Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
View upstream framed by Graffitti encrusted TrussWeilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Oak Dale Branch #4Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Rodier Rd Bridge 1Price & Colburn Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Bear Creek #10BNSF - Bear Creek Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Bear Creek #14BNSF - Bear Creek Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
SHELBY CR253-2North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Knox Co CR351 #2Salt River CR 351 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Bluff Canal Bridge near CR543 cBluff Canal Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Organ Ferry Bridge 1908Organ Ferry Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Pike CR33 South Spencer Cr 3 15 15Spencer Creek CR 33 Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Outstanding in It's Field?Fall Creek Through Truss Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Buskirk Ford south endBuskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Bluff Canal Bridge CR500-1Bluff Canal Bridge CR500 Petit Creek (Hancock County, Illinois)
Mark Twain BridgeMark Twain Memorial Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
South Fabius River CR 289South Fabius River CR 289 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Zora Jameson Fisher; Briscoe Bridge, June 21, 1915Briscoe Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Fisher Kids, Briscoe Bridge, June 21, 1915Briscoe Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Walkersville Bridge panoramicWalkersville Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Nice picture#2 by Eddie Pittman. I live for these kind of finds, looks like you do as well! Well Done.
Live TV News story from this bridge this week. Marion Co. commissioners are replacing several smaller bridges this year and bids will be let for the replacement of the Taylor bridge around Oct/Nov and construction would begin Jan 2019. See attached news story. In the meantime 3 other smaller bridges/culverts are in the works; Co Rd 153, CR404 and CR423. CR423, a non-descript concrete/girder span over Bear Creek in Withers Mill (built in 1950) Has already been removed this week. MODOT had deemed it as the worst bridge in Marion County. All three will likely be replaced by culverts.
Taylor Bridge news story.
Appears to have been replaced since last posts. Can someone local check it out and confirm please?
FINALLY! getting around to posting some pics from 2.5 years ago following the massive storm that hit West Central Illinois. I showed up at work that day and was told to go home w/ power pretty minimal in Quincy, IL. So, I decided I'd go bridge hunting and headed towards western Adams County and Brown County. Very productive hunt July 14th, 2017.
I grew up in nearby LaGrange in the 1970's and this was a favorite spot to come and just enjoy some peace & quiet. I had friends who came for other amorous events. No names, I am still friends with many of them.
I greatly appreciate this website because I can easily find bridges and plan out my hunting expeditions more efficiently and I don't have to drive down backroads un-necessarily wearing out tires! I can also look for interesting bridges and 'nab' them on trips / vacations. Finally, I get to admire everyone else's awesome pictures and finds around the country. I pray all of you will have safe adventures!
James, your updates sound pretty awesome. My best to you & all of you fellow bridge nuts as we end 2017 and begin 2018.
allen & ken ballard
new London, mo
Visited here nearly at dusk. To get a good northern side view of the bridge you'll have to tromp about 200+ yards of brush on either side of river; not a problem this time of year. Only had time for a handful of pics with sun setting.
Revisited, Dec 18, 2017; water was WAY down here. In fact, it was barely flowing here as it has been dry most of 2017. I was able to get around from just about any angle w/o resorting to my boots. Will post photos as I get a chance. Bridge is easy to get to from MO Rt D, is in very good shape.
Finally visited here, 12-08-17; very well maintained, two track gravel road from MO Rt M south to it. Bridge has new bolts installed. Wing walls & deck are in decent shape.
This is not far from my dentist in Shelbina, so I visit here somewhat frequently. Shot some video here this visit, bridge is very unique with its' tall sides and picturesque setting.
Last time I was here the sign at Rt P entrance claimed it was a private drive. I have a fellow rail fan who said owner has called county sheriff on anyone on this road. That was 10 yrs ago. Dead end road but pretty sure it is maintained by county. At the north end of this road was a 2nd bridge (at one time) over Big Creek StL&HRR Bridge No. 116, from there the RR went to Owen. Big Creek was a 62' Thru girder w a 13 pile approach on one end and a 12 pile approach on the other.
At the moment, this is the best photo I have. This is a digital scan of an old school photo I took in 2009. Hopefully, I can get a better one(s) in the near future.
Visited here during the 2017 Pike County Color Drive. Good, solid bridge, recent deck as noted by deck securing clips & use of #6 Torx deck screws on runners. I wonder on the 1961 build date by style of bridge, although the concrete wingwalls are likely 1960's. Perhaps bridge was moved here or rebuilt. Plenty of photo ops at this location, was fortunate to be here for fall colors. My son, Ken Ballard, has posted a video @ YouTube of his walkover. Good gravel road, not too far off beaten path to check this bridge out.
Visited here & photographed w/ my son Ken Ballard, Oct 22, 2017. Normally, I'm not too interested in this type of bridge, but the plaques really add a sense of history for the 'state of the art' early 1900's transportation infrastructure, bridges and routing of roads. The only thing missing here was an old style roadside park.
I also like to help do my part on filling in the blanks on this great website. I wasn't really expecting even one bridge, instead I find 3 + an old culvert.
These back roads are now bypassed but are still beautiful side trips, especially in the fall colors. Amazingly, this road is in very good condition.
There are actually four 1922 vintage concrete T Beams on this former US36 (original highway) just west of Detroit, IL. I took pics of the first three, from west to east. I blew past the fourth (no pics) as it was more of a pair of concrete guard rails on either side of the roadway atop a culvert than that of being a bridge. I will add pics and entries of each as I get a chance this week.