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Branstetter Swinging Bridge


Historic postcard

BH Photo #103612


Lost swinging bridge over Osage River, southwest of Warsaw
Benton County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built 1924 for $8,500
Wire suspension
Total length: 600.0 ft.
Also called
Peal Bend Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.19555, -93.39722   (decimal degrees)
38°11'44" N, 93°23'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/465217/4227587 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Warsaw West
Land survey
T. 40 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 31
Inventory number
BH 20848 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2006: Added info from Darrin Williams


  • Darrin Williams - DWilliams [at] Watlow [dot] com


Branstetter Swinging Bridge
Posted March 4, 2011, by Darrin Williams (dwilliams [at] watlow [dot] com)

I've attached a picture of what I think to be the Branstetter (Peal Bend) Swinging Bridge. Notice the steel tower on the far side. The Peal Bend Bridge had a tower severely damaged by a tornado in the 1920's so it stands to reason this could be the same bridge.

Branstetter Swinging Bridge
Posted May 4, 2006, by Darrin Williams (dwilliams [at] watlow [dot] com, darrinwilliams@hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was also known as the Peal Bend Bridge. Joe Dice built this bridge in 1912 on the downstream end of what was called Peal Bend on the Osage River.

It was 600' long had wooden towers and cost $8,500. In 1924, a tornado(the same storm that took out the original Upper Bridge?) blew down on of the towers. Apparently, the bridge was rebuilt.