K. Allen Ballard

About Me 

Email: speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com

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 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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Gillis Bridge #34

Gillis Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Gillis, NE oblique, looking SW.

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View upstream framed by Graffitti encrusted Truss

Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)

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Imhoff Bridge #1

Imhoff Road Bridge / Dick's Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Black & White from West End

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Imhoff Bridge #2

Imhoff Road Bridge / Dick's Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
From East end

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Munger #13

Munger Street Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Elevated view, looking northerly. From SE Bank.

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Siloam #1

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

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Salt River RR #4

BNSF - Salt River Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Eastern bank of North Salt Fork; looking at northern side.

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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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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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Stanberry Bridge #1

Stanberry Bridge (Gentry County, Missouri)

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Anderson rismiller ken crop

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
This is a Bridgehunting Throwback pic; taken Aug 2000; Ken Ballard, age 6 was my sometimes bridgehunting partner even then. On this occasion he brought 2 of his 'dogs' along for the trip.

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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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Whieman #3

Whiteman Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Taken from bluffs on SW side of bridge

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Buckhorn #10 Panoramic

Buck Horn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Looking downstream, western side of bridge. This is 5 images stitched in PS9. Final image is distorted at the top of bridge but still gives a good context of the setting here before the new UECB replaced this beauty just months later.

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Buckhorn #13

Buck Horn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
NW Corner, better side view.

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Buckhorn #17

Buck Horn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
SW Oblique, looking Northeasterly; safely out of rifle range! B-)

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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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Oak Dale Branch #4

Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Overhead view, south end, looking north.

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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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Bear Creek #10

BNSF - Bear Creek Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
North end, East side, looking south

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Bear Creek #14

BNSF - Bear Creek Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Open for business. Looking south.

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LaGrange #2

LaGrange Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Self Portrait from bluffs upstream.

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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. Elevated view of bridge.

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CR253 #24

North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
NE Bank, LH Oblique; 4 images stitched in PS Elements 9.

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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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Buskirk Ford south end

Buskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
This was taken the morning after a huge storm hit West Central, IL. The light was really great! If you look down the LH side, middle of the bridge you'll see a large tree & limb is jammed up thru the railing and lodged against the bridge. I have been back recently. Aug 2017, and all is well, the bridge is still in use.

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Buskirk Ford #38

Buskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Eastern Railing and details.

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Buskirk Ford #39

Buskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Close up of railing stanchion from previous pic. The moss is a cool addition.

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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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McCraney #16

McCraney Creek Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Broadside 'feet wet' view from upstream.

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Mark Twain Bridge

Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Looking east at sunrise over the fog, July 31, 2014

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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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Logan Creek #16

Logan Creek Bridge (Callaway County, Missouri)
Mid shot from present UECB.

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Menefee #26

Menefee Ford Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
NE Bank, RH side oblique, looking southwesterly

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Cook's Ford #16

Cook's Ford Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Southwest, LH Oblique, downstream. Compare to previous picture as to water level. Pretty dry on this day.

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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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Hutchison #10

Hutchison Lane Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
New deck, probably 2014. Looks like Yogi was here, maybe Ranger Smith as well, but which one is Boo-Boo? Maybe he was turned into a Newt?

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CR819 #14

Long Branch CR 819 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
North end, elevated shot from NW corner, looking southeasterly. Good view of context elements of bridge setting.

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CR819 #23

Long Branch CR 819 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
South approach, looking north, you can see where the low water crossing merges back in with CR819. (Shot in B/W, my feeble attempt at 'A-R-T')?

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CR819 #25

Long Branch CR 819 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
West side, (upstream) lower truss connection details showing some damage. Also, another of my attempts at 'artsy' photos. What can I say? The setting sunlight was really good this day.

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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 

Union Covered Bridge 25-69-02 (Monroe County, Missouri)
Covered bridge over Elk Fork Salt River, just off Route C southwest of Paris
March 27, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge is presently in danger of the swollen Elk Fork and the bridge is significantly weakened w/o it's siding. SEE DESCRIPTION notes.
Imhoff Road Bridge / Dick's Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Lamine River on Imhoff Road
March 1, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added Historical Name; Dick's Bridge
Old US61 Taylor Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over North Fabius River on CR 313 (Old US 24/61)
February 23, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update some description and historical references.
Whitaker Ford Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Troublesome Creek on CR 143
February 23, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2018
Munger Street Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on Munger Street in Hannibal
February 20, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: correct typos
Munger Street Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Bear Creek on Munger Street in Hannibal
February 20, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update history, description and add photos
Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Branch McKee Creek
February 16, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update desription of of bridge & site.
Monroe Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over West Fork Cuivre River on Fairview Church Road northeast of Truxton
February 5, 2018: New photos
Vermont Lane Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Spencer Creek on Vermont Lane just west of Route P
February 5, 2018: New photos
North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North River on CR 253
February 2, 2018: New photos
McCraney Creek Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over McCraney Creek on TR 350A
January 29, 2018: New photos
Mill Hill Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Nescopeck Creek on Mill Hill Road (TR 336)
January 26, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge appears to have been replaced on Google earth. Such a shame, another very unique pony has been lost.
Buskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over McKee Creek on TR 416, 4.7 mi. west of Kellerville
January 26, 2018: New photos
Long Branch CR 819 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch on CR 819
January 25, 2018: New photos
Long Branch CR 819 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch on CR 819
January 24, 2018: New photos
Guinns Creek Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge on CR 295 (Old Route W) south of Paynesville
January 24, 2018: New photos
Guinns Creek Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge on CR 295 (Old Route W) south of Paynesville
January 23, 2018: New photos
Long Branch CR 611 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch on CR 611
January 23, 2018: New photos
South Fabius River CR 159 Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 159
January 18, 2018: New photos
Bradford Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Derelict / Wrecked pony truss bridge, Salt River on CR 254 now Linwood
January 18, 2018: New photos
LaGrange Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Sunflower Street (CR 552)
January 10, 2018: New photos
Pollock Ford Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on CR 329
January 10, 2018: New photos
North Fabius River CR 532 Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North Fabius River on CR 532
January 10, 2018: New photos
BNSF - Bear Creek Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bear Creek on BNSF Railway
January 10, 2018: New photos
Buskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over McKee Creek on TR 416, 4.7 mi. west of Kellerville
January 9, 2018: New photos
Lay Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on Gingko Street (CR 504)
January 5, 2018: New photos
Hutchison Lane Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over East Lick Creek on Hutchison Lane just west of MO 19
January 5, 2018: New photos
Middle Fork City Street Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Middle Fork Salt River on a city street in Paris
January 5, 2018: New photos
Risk Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Orange Street (CR 429)
January 5, 2018: New photos
Risk Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Orange Street (CR 429)
January 4, 2018: New photos
Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
January 3, 2018: New photos
Cannonball Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over BNSF on Cannonball Road (CH 27)
January 3, 2018: New photos
Edwards Ford Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on CR 275
January 3, 2018: New photos
Lincoln School Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch on Lincoln School Road (CR 77)
December 29, 2017: New photos
Logan Creek Bridge (Callaway County, Missouri)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Logan Creek on CR 464, just off MO 94
December 29, 2017: New photos
Long Branch CR 859 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Long Branch Creek on CR 859
December 21, 2017: New photos
Anderson / Rismiller Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Spencer Creek on Brush Creek Road west of Frankford
December 21, 2017: New photos
Menefee Ford Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Lick Creek on Indiana Lane south of Perry
December 21, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Salt River Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss bridge over Salt River on BNSF Railway
December 21, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added History note from recollection.
BNSF - Salt River Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss bridge over Salt River on BNSF Railway
December 21, 2017: New photos
Cook's Ford Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Through truss over Long Branch on CR 624
December 19, 2017: New photo
Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
December 11, 2017: New photo
Messner Branch CR 149 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Messner Branch of Salt River on CR 149
December 11, 2017: New photos
Gillis Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Black Creek on CR 342
December 11, 2017: New photos
Buck Horn Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on Hawthorn Street (CR 508)
December 7, 2017: New photos
Pleasant Valley Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 282
December 7, 2017: New photos
LaGrange Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Sunflower Street (CR 552)
December 6, 2017: New photos
Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on I-72/US 36 at Hannibal
December 6, 2017: New photo
Pollock Ford Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on CR 329
December 6, 2017: New photo
Whiteman Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Abandoned pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on CR 328
December 6, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted March 1, 2018

I think historical records say this is also called Dick's Bridge.

Posted February 23, 2018

Correction to my previous comment; CR143 will be replaced, Whitaker Ford bridge in Marion County, not CR153.

Old Rogers Bridge (South Carolina)
Posted February 2, 2018

Nice picture#2 by Eddie Pittman. I live for these kind of finds, looks like you do as well! Well Done.

Posted February 2, 2018

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.

http://www.wgem.com/story/37389631/2018/01/Tuesday/marion-co...

Posted January 26, 2018

Appears to have been replaced since last posts. Can someone local check it out and confirm please?

Posted January 9, 2018

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.

Posted January 5, 2018

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.

Posted December 21, 2017

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

Posted December 21, 2017

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.

Posted December 19, 2017

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.

Posted December 11, 2017

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.

Posted December 11, 2017

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.

Posted December 6, 2017

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.

Posted December 6, 2017

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.

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.