K. Allen Ballard

About Me 

Email: speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com

1977 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!

Favorite Photos 

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Little Blue 3p edit

Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Little Blue Creek Bridge, 3 shots stitched together. Gives good context of setting looking southeasterly. Lots of color beginning to show.

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Little Blue Creek #3

Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
No Vehicles w/ Lugs Permitted. Apparently only lug heads would attempt this? B-P

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Little Blue #1

Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)

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251st Street #1d

251st Street #1 (Pike County, Illinois)
Looking northeasterly.

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Little Blue Pony #1

Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Downstream, south bank, looking westerly. This is 4 shots stitched into a panorama.

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Stanberry Bridge #1

Stanberry Bridge (Gentry County, Missouri)

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Klein Rd #1

Klein Road Bridge (Moniteau County, Missouri)
East side oblique. Beautiful light this day @ 8am. Light fog about as well.

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View upstream framed by Graffitti encrusted Truss

Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)

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Coe Bridge #1

Coe Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Coe bridge looking east. This is a picture of my son & his cousins about Sept 2001.

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Cold Run Creek #2

Cold Run Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Almost 'Feet Wet', looking east from creek. Bridge is an interesting mixture of alternating Warren verticals and a Pratt type center chord?

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Rodier Rd Bridge 1

Price & Colburn Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Taken from north, approach end, right (west) side; bridge is closed by means of concrete barriers and steel beam.

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6 Shot Panoramic

Price & Colburn Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
From the South Bank looking NE. 6 images stitched in PS( Elements.

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Siloam #1

Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
4 Panel Panoramic looking southerly.

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Steinhagen Bridge 1

Steinhagen Bridge (Warren County, Missouri)
From West/Northwest portal.

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SHELBY CR253-2

North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Looking downhill from south end.

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Knox Co CR351 #2

Salt River CR 351 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
From west end.

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Bluff Canal Bridge near CR543 c

Bluff Canal Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Uncropped photo, west bank, south side.

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Organ Ferry Bridge 1908

Organ Ferry Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Western (looking easterly) approach to Organ Ferry Bridge, notice the 'advertising' on the wooden railings....

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Pike CR33 South Spencer Cr 3 15 15

Spencer Creek CR 33 Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
From East (left) side, North bank.

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Outstanding in It's Field?

Fall Creek Through Truss Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Recent photo looking Northeasterly

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Bluff Canal Bridge CR500-1

Bluff Canal Bridge CR500 Petit Creek (Hancock County, Illinois)
From CR500 Petit Creek Bridge, looking northwesterly.

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Asher Bridge, 1905

Asher Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Asher Bridge, southern end.

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Conboy Bridge

Conboy Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Southern shore, left side bank, (looking northerly).

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Hamilton? Bridge Pony

Hamilton Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Knox County CR289; southern side, looking north from creek/slough. 4 shot 35mm film panoramic image physically stitched together, old school style.

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South Fabius River CR 289

South Fabius River CR 289 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
South Fabius CR 289, western end, right angled view, taken from a high bank above for better view. It appears that little care was taken to even out the deck boards.

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Bradford 5

Bradford Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
View from underneath

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Zora Jameson Fisher; Briscoe Bridge, June 21, 1915

Briscoe Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Zora Fisher was the wife of John Porter Fisher, Ralls County Times Editor, who took this photo on the brand new Briscoe Bridge

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Fisher Kids, Briscoe Bridge, June 21, 1915

Briscoe Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
These are the children of John Porter Fisher, Ralls County Times Editor, who took this photo on the brand new Briscoe Bridge

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Turney #1

Turney Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
SW Oblique, south end, looing northerly.

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CR211 #3

Crooked Creek CR 211 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Looking downstream east, from low water crossing.

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CR211 #5

Crooked Creek CR 211 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
High Overhead, looking north.

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Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox CR 282)

Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox CR 282). Eastern approach, right oblique view. Photo taken Oct 2000

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Walkersville Bridge panoramic

Walkersville Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Walkersville Bridge, Shelby County, MO, County Rd 452, Salt River North. View is looking easterly. There was a very official looking date painted on the bridge, 08-30-14. Either this is the date for it's next inspection or it's headed to it's last roundup this year. So get any photos done soon. There are only three of these bridges still left over the Salt. One in Knox County CR 351, this one in Shelby and one in Pike (abandoned).This panoramic photo is a 32 individual shots stitched in PhotoShop Elements 9.

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Cuivre Park Bridge 2

Cuivre River State Park Bridge No. 5 (Lincoln County, Missouri)
5 Panel shot stitched in PS9 Elements

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Recent Updates 

Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Little Blue Creek on 492nd Street, This bridge was relocated from County Highway 14 on Big Blue. North of Detroit Illinois
November 8, 2017: New photo
Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Little Blue Creek on 482nd Street (TR 506) between Florence and Milton, 2.75 mi. southeast of Detroit
November 8, 2017: New photos
Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Little Blue Creek on 492nd Street, This bridge was relocated from County Highway 14 on Big Blue. North of Detroit Illinois
November 7, 2017: New photos
Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Little Blue Creek on 482nd Street (TR 506) between Florence and Milton, 2.75 mi. southeast of Detroit
October 25, 2017: New photo
251st Street #3 (Station 311+18) (Pike County, Illinois)
Skewed Concrete T Beam bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Hwy 36, Section 20
October 25, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add skewed descriptor; corrected type; misc info
251st Street #2 (Station 298+16) (Pike County, Illinois)
Concrete T Beam bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Hwy 36
October 25, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: corrected bridge type
251st Street #3 (Station 311+18) (Pike County, Illinois)
Skewed Concrete T Beam bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Hwy 36, Section 20
October 24, 2017: Added
251st Street #2 (Station 298+16) (Pike County, Illinois)
Concrete T Beam bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Hwy 36
October 24, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add photos
251st Street #2 (Station 298+16) (Pike County, Illinois)
Concrete T Beam bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Hwy 36
October 24, 2017: Added
251st Street #1 (Pike County, Illinois)
Bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old hwy 36 (1922)
October 24, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed name; add pics; changed type
Pearl - East Street Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Hill Creek on East Street in Pearl
October 24, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add photos; update misc info
Pearl - East Street Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Hill Creek on East Street in Pearl
October 24, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add photos; update misc info
Bee Creek CR 857 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bee Creek on CR 857
October 12, 2017: New photos
Otter Creek CR 169 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on CR 169
October 9, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge appears to be gone from satellite images; unconfirmed.
24th Street Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Concrete bridge over Cedar Creek on IL 96 (24th Street) in Quincy
September 7, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge has been demolished; new one one is under construction.
Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Branch McKee Creek
September 7, 2017: New photos
Middle Fork CR 141 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Flat Creek on CR 141
August 29, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Crosses Flat Creek not Middle Fork Salt river;
Middle Fork CR 141 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Flat Creek on CR 141
August 29, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Corrected CR117 to CR 141; Add categories 'concrete'; add pictures.
Stanberry Bridge (Gentry County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge likely over WildCat; or possibly Island Creek; likely on N High Street
July 17, 2017: Added by K. Allen Ballard; upload photos.
KCS - Louisiana Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Through truss swing railroad bridge over the Mississippi River on Kansas City Southern at Louisiana
July 17, 2017: New photos
Imhoff Road Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Lamine River on Imhoff Road
July 14, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added link to YouTube, video walkover by my son, Ken Ballard.
North Fabius River MO 16 Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over North Fabius River on MO 16
July 12, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Old bridge removed, new one under construction.
Middle Fabius River MO 16 Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on MO 16
July 12, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge is gone, new one is being built.
Lincoln School Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch on Lincoln School Road (CR 77)
June 29, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update details; begin to add pictures
Klein Road Bridge (Moniteau County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Petite Saline Creek on Klein Road south of Wooldridge
June 29, 2017: New photos
Moniteau Creek Road Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Moniteau Creek on Moniteau Creek Road (Old MO 179)
June 28, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed status to intact but closed; future unknown.
Klein Road Bridge (Moniteau County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Petite Saline Creek on Klein Road south of Wooldridge
June 28, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed status to closed; future unknown.
Rivaux Creek CR 4038 Bridge (Callaway County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Rivaux Creek on CR 4038
June 28, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed status to closed; future unknown.
Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Sees Branch on CR 240
June 13, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge replaced 2015 by UECB.
Ramsey Creek Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Ramsey Creek on former Route D
June 13, 2017: New photos
Crooked Creek CR 211 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Crooked Creek on CR 211
June 8, 2017: New photos
Upper Otter Creek CR 109 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Upper Otter Creek on CR 109
June 8, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge has been replaced in last year; still shows on Google Earth.
North Brush Creek CR 611 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North Brush Creek on CR 611
June 6, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge appears lost to a new UECB
Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 293
June 4, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New photos & update info.
Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 293
June 4, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New photos & update info.
Troublesome Creek CR 293 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 293
June 4, 2017: New photos
Cuivre River State Park Bridge No. 5 (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Three-span stone arch bridge over a branch of Little Sugar Creek on MO 147 in Cuivre River State Park
May 25, 2017: New photos
Moscow Mills Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over the Cuivre River at Moscow Mills
May 10, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge survived May 2017 massive flash flooding.
Moscow Mills Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over the Cuivre River at Moscow Mills
May 10, 2017: New photos
CR173 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Middle Fork Salt River on Former County Road 173
April 25, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update desription of abandonement status to pre-1973.
Buck Horn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on Hawthorn Street (CR 508)
November 22, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Replaced by a new UECB bridge, Fall 2016, new bridge opened Nov 2016.
Steinhagen Bridge (Warren County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Big Creek on N. Rock Church Road east of MO 47
October 26, 2016: New photo
Thunder Ave Bridge / Knox CR 389 (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 389
September 26, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New Photos of bridge wreckage. more to come.....
Thunder Ave Bridge / Knox CR 389 (Knox County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 389
September 26, 2016: New photos
Wilson Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on 1050th Avenue
September 19, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update misc. specs
Eagle's Nest Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Salt River on CR 115
August 24, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed name to actual Historic Name based on 1990 MO Historic Bridge Inventory; Added narrative from same document.
PIKE CR 9111 (Pike County, Missouri)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Grassy Creek on CR9111
August 23, 2016: New photos
PIKE CR 9111 (Pike County, Missouri)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Grassy Creek on CR9111
August 22, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: added more photos
PIKE CR 9111 (Pike County, Missouri)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Grassy Creek on CR9111
August 22, 2016: New photos
PIKE CR 9111 (Pike County, Missouri)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Grassy Creek on CR9111
August 20, 2016: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted October 25, 2017

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.

Posted October 24, 2017

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.

Posted October 24, 2017

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.

Posted October 24, 2017

Visited here Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 during annual Pike County Color Drive. Bridge is in poor condition.

Posted October 12, 2017

My son, Ken, & I visited here Columbus Day, 2017 (09.09.2017). Bridge still very solid, serviceable; on low use county road; located just 1/8 north of Bee Creek Pony Bridge. Picturesque photo ops abound here. We were a bit early for full fall colors.

Posted October 12, 2017

My son, Ken, & I visited here Columbus Day, 2017 (09.09.2017). Bridge still very solid, serviceable; on low use county road; located just 1/8 south of Cedar Bluff Bridge.

Posted September 7, 2017

Thanx Clark Vance for the info; I finally visited here, Aug 27, 2017 and noted the concrete wing walls had a date written in the concrete of 8-24-77. This area was originally the village of Siloam prior to 1940 with a max population of 75. There was a hotel, store, post office and a rather large spring fed swimming pool. "Illinois Stories" on local PBS station features this history as well.

Posted August 29, 2017

There is a duplicate page for this bridge; this is actually CR141, 117 is farther west. Visited here August 21, 2017. Bridge has been completely rebuilt in recent years.

Posted August 11, 2017

The southern side abutment just upstream from this bridge is actually the remains of the former St. Louis & Hannibal RR trestle which was abandoned in 1944. Just south of this abutment is the stop/'town' of Jones.

Posted August 1, 2017

Pic #3 of 11 is just Fab! Great shot! It looks like you got your feet wet taking the shot? GREAT Work! You might want to enlarge & enter this in a photo contest.

Posted August 1, 2017

Good pics Rusty. THX for documenting these old bridges.

I recently visited Moniteau Creek bridge in Cole County (closed); it had similar markings as to powder coating in 1964. It was in a little better condition than Ten Mile. Most likely these state route bridges were done this way.

Posted July 14, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az9LtrORS8U

This is a video walkover from west to east by my son, Ken Ballard in 2015.

Posted July 12, 2017

Was just here, July 11th, 2017; old bridge removed, new one under construction, west end approach is being modified by dirt work on hillside.

Posted July 11, 2017

As a Ralls County resident I was not aware of bridge's removal. What a shame! This is a historic location and not just because of the the bridge. Nearby this bridge was the original location of Ralls' 1st mill built in 1820, St. Vrain's Mill. Historically, Ralls Commissioner's and legal counsel have the attitude that it's best to remove 'liabilities' than to preserve them. They are afraid someone will jump off of them! They really have no vision for historic preservation of any kind nor attracting industry.

The absurdness is they built an expensive UECB at another location at another county location. [It's called the million dollar bridge to nowhere] and has little traffic over it. So now, they simply remove this historic bridge, leaving only the low water crossing for the residents nearby.

The same fate befell the Historic rated Butler Ford bridge upstream in Madisonville. Fortunately the McDonald family have moved it to their property for preservation.

"You can lead a Horse to water, but, you can't make him think."

Posted June 29, 2017

Visited here late afternoon, June 27th, 2017; trying to fill in the 'blanks' where no pictures existed near me in NE Missouri. Solid bridge, very serviceable, has some of the usual bent railings and beams. More pics to follow as soon as I process them.