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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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 

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
Daultons Branch Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Concrete culvert over Daultons Branch on Lindell Avenue (Route O) in Hannibal
August 2, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add alternate name; recent city information.
Lyell Ford Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 117
July 26, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New photos & wreckage pics; update info.
Lyell Ford Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over South Fabius River on CR 117
July 26, 2016: New photos
Coe Bridge (Knox County, Missouri)
Lost bedstead pony truss bridge over Little Fabius River on CR 370
July 7, 2016: New photo
Shelby County Road 371 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over a tributary of Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
July 1, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Upload new photos; added Concrete Slab to category; added description.
Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
July 1, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Corrected page, accidentally added CR371 pics here.
Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
July 1, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: New Photos; comments; changed category from wooden deck to concrete slab.
Oak Dale Branch Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
July 1, 2016: New photos
Turney Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Thomas Creek on CR 453
July 1, 2016: New photos
StL&H - Frankford Stone Arch (Pike County, Missouri)
Stone arch bridge over Peno Creek on abandoned St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad in Frankford
June 29, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Updated description.
Steel's Fish Trap Bridge (Saline County, Missouri)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Salt Fork on CR 225
June 28, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update name based on Missouri Bridge Inventory list & Number. It figures that this bridge would have an equally interesting name!
Spring Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over South Prong Spring Creek on TR 376, 2.25 mi. southeast of Nebo
June 28, 2016: New photos
Union Street Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek on Union Street in Nebo
June 28, 2016: New photos
Cold Run Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Cold Run Creek on TR 318, 2.75 mi. northwest of Nebo
June 24, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Upload new photos, add type, although this a guess.

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted June 28, 2017

Visited here June 27, 2017; bridge is intact but closed by concrete barrier. This was one road / part of access to state bottoms.

Posted June 28, 2017

Visited here, June 27, 2017. This is one of those must see bridges, especially as a great 'photog' subject. The light was amazing at 8am with a light fog.

Bridge is 'closed' but no barricades are present; deck has been removed in about 4 places to hinder vehicles. Given it's present condition I would agree it likely WAS pretty exciting to cross in a car or truck when it was last open.

I did not venture across it on foot today, because I was alone. No sense in risking anything just for a few more pictures from the other side on this trip.

Posted June 28, 2017

Visited here late afternoon, June 27, 2017. Bridge is closed by large piles of gravel @ either end. Recent pictures to follow later this week.

Posted June 13, 2017

These 4 Lost Creek Bridges are very similar to the Canal Bridges north of Quincy, IL in Adams & Hancock Counties. I have friends in Elsberry and I'm not sure how I missed them before? Have driven by them a bunch but never caught sight of them! Sounds like a road trip is in order.....

Posted June 8, 2017

Visited here June 7, 2017 about 2:30pm. Railings bent up but bridge is still very serviceable.

Posted June 5, 2017

Visited here late afternoon, June 3rd, 2017. Heavy duty girder plate, very wide, could easily accommodate modern farm equipment; possible former RR span moved from elsewhere.