2 votes

Old Jefferson Barracks Bridge


Postcard aerial view

Posted by James Baughn

BH Photo #146020

Street View 


Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over Mississippi River on IL 158, US 50 in Columbia
Columbia, Monroe County, Illinois, and St. Louis County, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Opened December 9, 1944, imploded August 15, 1985. Replaced the Davis Street Ferry.
- Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Erection)
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (Design)
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 804.0 ft.
Total length: 3,672.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Also called
Old Jefferson Barracks Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.48630, -90.27421   (decimal degrees)
38°29'11" N, 90°16'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737748/4263294 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 1 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 36
Inventory number
BH 36745 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2022: New Street View added by Drew a. Walters
  • January 25, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added engineer, builder, dimensions.
  • May 18, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • March 3, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added GPS coordinates
  • September 8, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 4, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • June 26, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • June 25, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

Related Bridges 



Old Jefferson Barracks Bridge
Posted December 9, 2021, by Paul Plassman


It appears to have been a two-lane bridge, no divider.

Old Jefferson Barracks Bridge -- was it four lanes?
Posted December 9, 2021, by Julie (julieapruitt [at] aim [dot] com)


I rode on the old Jefferson Barracks bridge as a child. I am wondering if it had two lanes or four? Was there a divider between the lanes, or could a person make a u-turn in the middle of the bridge if he/she wanted to?

Thank you very much for all help,



Old Jefferson Barracks Bridge
Posted June 5, 2021, by Karen (Hanger) Parham (rememberyhwh [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I was around 6 and 7 in 1970/71 I remember going across the bridge from St. Louis County to visit my Grandma Allie Hanger while she was in the hospital in Belleville Illinois. I used to think the bridge was grand and always liked crossing with, what I remember, its brilliant lights at night and I was sad to see the new bridge replace it. Memories of a child ♥️

The Original Jefferson Barracks Bridge
Posted May 24, 2017, by Ralph (ralphyeager314 [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I was 5 years old my Dad had taken my Grandfather and I to watch the demolition of the old J.B. bridge.

We had watched it from a wheel house in either the Wendy Ann or the Helen B tug boat.

It was about 30 years ago and I was very young but I will never forget that and being able to watch it from a St. Louis tug boat. AWESOME

Old JB Bridge
Posted January 4, 2016, by CConkle (msplinter1964 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge seems almost identical to the Chester Bridge.

Old JB Bridge
Posted August 17, 2011, by Mark Simmons (mark [dot] simmons [dot] kincaid [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know the architect of the Old JB Bridge family history says that it was Marcel Boulicaut

Old JB Bridge
Posted September 16, 2009, by Jason Crecelius (linxbl [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great pictures of the bridge. I was 7 years old when this bridge was destroyed. I remember my parents taking me down to Cliff Cave in Oakville and watching the bridge be destroyed. As a child my parents would take me over to some place in Illinois for fried fish and I would hate having to go over this bridge. I can remember the new bridge being built and I was always interested in watching what was going on. These pictures brought back alot of memories.

Old JB Bridge
Posted July 8, 2009, by Al Bertram (abertram8297 [at] charter [dot] net)

Mr. Hoffman: Yes, it was a toll bridge for the first fifteen years of its life. I have read that the toll was removed sometime in 1959 when the bonds were paid off. The toll collectors booth was on the west end of the bridge in Missouri.

Old JB Bridge
Posted January 20, 2009, by Butch Hoffmann (butch1h [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hi, could you tell me if the JB Bridge was ever a toll bridge???

Thank You

Old JB Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by Kim Harvey