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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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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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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View upstream framed by Graffitti encrusted Truss

Weilandich Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)

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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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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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Recent Updates 

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.
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: New photos
Two Mile Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Two Mile Creek on TR 158, 4 mi. southeast of Rockport
June 24, 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 23, 2016: New photos
Spring Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over South Prong Spring Creek on TR 376, 2.25 mi. southeast of Nebo
June 23, 2016: New photos
Union Street Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Spring Creek on Union Street in Nebo
June 23, 2016: New photos
Price & Colburn Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over South Grand River on Rodier Road in Freeman
June 22, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed bridge name to 'Price & Colburn' based on review of MO Bridge Inventory data dated 27 Aug 1992, Bridge 300000.6; added alternative names.
Two Mile Creek Bridge (Pike County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Two Mile Creek on TR 158, 4 mi. southeast of Rockport
June 21, 2016: New photo
Patterson Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Bridge over Crooked Creek on County Rd 255
June 15, 2016: Added by K. Allen Ballard; upload photos; historic inventory data;
Crooked Creek CR 305 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Crooked Creek on CR 305
June 15, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed status based on Google Earth images; needs further investigation & photos.
Crooked Creek CR 233 Bridge (Monroe County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Crooked Creek on CR 233
June 15, 2016: New photos
Siloam Springs State Park Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Branch McKee Creek
May 25, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Fix typos in description
LaGrange Bridge (Lewis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Wyaconda River on Sunflower Street (CR 552)
May 2, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Changed bridge name to 'LaGrange' based on review of MO Bridge Inventory data; added alternative names; some historical description based on local/personal knowledge.
Fall Creek Branch Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Stringer bridge with stone abutments over a branch of Fall Creek, just north of 223rd Lane (Payson Lane)
April 27, 2016: New photos
West Point Bridge (Warren County, Missouri)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Charrette Creek on Fallen Timber Road
April 27, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Updated name based on MO Bridge data dated 1992
Steinhagen Bridge (Warren County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Big Creek on N. Rock Church Road east of MO 47
April 27, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Name Updated per MO Bridge Survey 1992
North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North River on CR 253
April 21, 2016: New photos
North River CR 253 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North River on CR 253
April 18, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: CLOSED; Visited April 15th, 2016; nice picturesque location. Will post new pics soon.
North River CR 2322 Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over North River on CR 2322
April 18, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Replacement Confirmed; Visited briefly, April 15th, 2015; replaced by a UECB.
Fall Creek Branch Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Stringer bridge with stone abutments over a branch of Fall Creek, just north of 223rd Lane (Payson Lane)
April 5, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Drove past, April 4th, 2016, one of the steel slab stringers is indeed dropping into the creek. Gravity will do it's job soon.
Shuhart Creek Bridge (Hancock County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Shuhart Creek on Heinecke Rd
April 5, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Saw bridge, still open, but did not investigate, March 25th, 2016.
Levee Road Bridge (Hancock County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Drainage Ditch on Levee Road (Middle Rd) in Warsaw
April 5, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Visited briefly, March 25, 2015; still open; was featured on a WGEM-TV segment about "Dangerous Bridges" late 2015.
Bluff Canal Bridge CR250 (Hancock County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over The Bluff Canal on CR E250, 6.5 mi. south of Warsaw
March 28, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: BRIDGE IS OPEN, still in use.
Wilson Bridge (Adams County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on 1050th Avenue
March 28, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge Status: Still Open but, was told by a local that the bridge is now on a 6 month inspection cycle.

Recent Comments 

Posted November 22, 2016

Confirmed bridge is gone, new UECB just opened, Nov 2016.

Posted November 18, 2016

I have been told by a co-worker who lives nearby that Buckhorn Bridge is now gone; replaced by a UECB. Glad I visited earlier this spring. I hope someone can definitively confirm the status of the great old bridge.

Posted October 26, 2016

There is a now a 4-Ton posted weight limit.

Posted October 26, 2016

My wife & I visited Steinhagen Bridge Oct 25, 2016; I took some pics, and got a 36th Wedding Anniversary photo as well. Easy to get to, great photo op. Hoping to come back real soon to get some better shots. Only took 36 photos on a limited time schedule.

PIKE CR 9111 (Missouri)
Posted October 3, 2016

THX for sharing your info chrissy! It is appreciated.

Posted October 3, 2016

Nice Find Nick! THX for your efforts & sharing a great old relic like this one.

CR173 Bridge (Missouri)
Posted August 29, 2016

THANX for the drone video. Awesome work Mark.

Posted August 25, 2016

Nice work David. Happy Bridge Hunting!

Posted August 23, 2016

In looking at the History Bridge Inventory it seems this bridge is named "Eagles Nest Bridge". I need to confirm this first & I will update name then. I was close by last Friday, but didn't have time to check in on it again. Last visit was probably 2007 'ish.

Posted August 23, 2016

Good work John, thanx for sharing, sorry to hear you got stuck checking it out.

PIKE CR 9111 (Missouri)
Posted August 23, 2016

Anyone from Pike County know more background on this bridge? Please share.....THANX.

Posted July 21, 2016

The truss bridge on 5th Street / connects S. Rodier Rd and heads back up to the site of the former bowstring. The 5th Street bridge is actually Price & Colburn pony over McKee Creek. I visited P&C Oct 24th, 2016 and took extensive pics. I was not aware of the bowstring location north of twon or I would have investigated while I was visiting my in-laws in Belton, MO. It is on list now.

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/cass/21297/

Coe Bridge (Missouri)
Posted July 7, 2016

I have a few more pics of Coe Bridge to post at a later date. Hard bridge to shoot in good light with so much undergrowth.

Posted July 1, 2016

I recently discovered a few more photos of Conboy that I took in 2006. I hope to scan them soon & upload them.

Posted July 1, 2016

Visited here July 15th, just before a visit to my dentist in Shelbina. More detail pics to follow.