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!
Buskirk Ford south endBuskirk Ford Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Organ Ferry Bridge 1908Organ Ferry Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Little Blue Pony #1Little Blue Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
View upstream framed by Graffitti encrusted TrussWeilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Imhoff Bridge #1Imhoff Road Bridge / Dick's Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Imhoff Bridge #2Imhoff Road Bridge / Dick's Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
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)
Anderson rismiller ken cropAnderson / Rismiller Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Oak Dale Branch #4Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Rodier Rd Bridge 1Price & Colburn Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
SHELBY CR253-2North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Knox Co CR351 #5Salt River CR 351 Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Bluff Canal Bridge near CR543 cBluff Canal Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
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)
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)
Being a city alderman for 18 years has given me some idea of legalities regarding roads, alleys, infrastructure and more. I can tell you our small town has only rarely ever abandoned maybe a couple of alleyways let alone a road or former piece of city property.
I can tell you that unless the county commissioners specifically abandoned (in a public meeting) all right of ways and possession of this bridge then it remains in county hands.
Think about it, what private entity would assume liability for this bridge or the roads on either end. A landowner might claim to own such roads or access to discourage unnecessary incursions by curious parties, but in legal point of fact that claim should be backed up by public record (meeting notes) and a legal description tranfer from the county to a landowner or interested party. That transfer should be recorded in the County Courthouse by the Recorder of Deeds.
Visited here again, Sept 30th, 2020, to find bridge has been replaced by a UECB. Old bridge was moved to side of the road less the deck. Updated BH page.
Allen & Ken Ballard
Visited here Aug 13, 2020 with my wife and son. Bridge is very solid although has some sketchy places you can see from the pedestrian walkway.
This bridge and little village are a must see if you're passing nearby. There is a nice pavilion for a group picnic, there are bathrooms, a weekend cafe, some nice friendly antique shops, a quaint rose garden. The grounds around the bridge are well kept and tidy. Below is the address for my son's video post of the Benetonsport Bridge walkover.
I was expecting to spend 40 mins here for the bridge doing pics & vids, instead we were here a couple hours and still had more to see. Keosauqua is upstream 6 miles and has some nice eateries and historic riverfront hotel. Another 8 miles west on Hwy 2 is the Dutchman Country Store which in Cantril is another fun store.
There are a few other abandoned bridges not far away in Van Buren Co, plus be sure to see the historic Wickfield Round Barn 2 miles east of Cantril.
Finally, Van Buren County has an annual celebration the 2nd Weekend of October with activities just about everywhere. The Wickfield Barn is open for tours as well.
Visited here 6-08-2020. Bridge is now closed, likely has been for a couple years. While here I took some video and a few photos.
Tried to visit this location today, but it's nearly impossible to reach this bridge due to the right of way being chewed up into constant mud holes by logging equipment at the business located next to it. Your other points that 'might' allow access are by walking thru a field. Perhaps someone local can get a picture one day?
Visited here today, late afternoon. Deck is fairly good condition, seems to have been maintained in the last 10 yrs. Very muddy, north side, Best side to approach from is the south side off Ripson Bridge Rd just before the current bridge. Good parking spot, short hard surface walk to the bridge. Not much time to document so I got a few pics and two videos. Hope to share later.
I think historical records say this is also called Dick's Bridge.
Correction to my previous comment; CR143 will be replaced, Whitaker Ford bridge in Marion County, not CR153.
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.