No votes cast

Avery Bridge


Photo taken by Anita Crabtree Dotson


BH Photo #291343



Lost suspension bridge over Pomme de Terre River, southwest of Fristoe
Benton County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built 1909; removed 1978
Wire suspension
Total length: 280.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.09062, -93.35537   (decimal degrees)
38°05'26" N, 93°21'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/468837/4215929 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 32
Inventory number
BH 20843 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2016: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Added map point, using old quad map.
  • October 15, 2015: New photo from Neil Krout
  • August 16, 2014: New photo from Luke
  • December 14, 2006: Added info from Darrin Williams


  • Darrin Williams - DWilliams [at] Watlow [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan


Avery Bridge
Posted September 5, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Kelly--This lake was full by 1963. If the bridge was around until 1978 it would have been above the water line.

Avery Bridge
Posted August 16, 2014, by Jack Dotson (jackadotson [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is a picture my mother, Anita Crabtree Dotson took of the Avery Bridge sometime around 1978.

Avery Bridge
Posted August 12, 2009, by Snoop Dorky Dork (snoopdorkydork71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

More pics from Stephen Ludwig, circa 1978, If these photos get incorporated into the main pics, please credit him. I just found them, 31 years later. :)

Pic 7) Main cables rest on a metal plate above frame to prevent shearing.

Pic 8) Ten lines of 2 x 4 inch stringers on edge are nailed across floor joists.

Pic 9) Cable through posts form a fence for safety in crossing.

Pic 10) Posts were bolted to outside stringer, this one has pulled loose from wear.

pic 11) Secondary cables are wrapped about the main cables.

Pic 12) Three lines of 2 x 8 inch boards create a wheel track which extends the life of the floor.

Avery Bridge
Posted August 12, 2009, by Snoop Dorky Dork (snoopdorkydork71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I hope I have the right bridge/location. This is the only one listed in Benton County as a Suspension Bridge over the Pomme De Terre River. The article states that "Though condemned for several years, the bridge is still needed and local traffic continues to cross cautiously. The total suspended length of this bridge is 280 feet."

I found these old photos in the online archive of Bittersweet, a publication done by students from Lebanon High School. I believe the pictures were taken by Stephen Ludwig, circa 1978. You can view the article here: http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodica...

Pic 1) Cable suspension bridge as viewed from cable supports. (by Stephen Ludwig)

Pic 2) Main cables are anchored in concrete.

Pic 3) Concrete pillar for the steel frame cable supports

Pic 4) The bridge stands well above the river, supported only by twin steel cable

Pic 5) Condemned for public safety, the bridge is still used cautiously by local residents.

Pic 6) The bridge ends on a concrete abutment which serves to stabilize the approach.