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Photo taken by Richard Schott in April 2017


BH Photo #385055



Abandoned bridge over Whitehead Creek on Old Southwest Parkway
St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
Derelict/abandoned hasn't been maintained since parkway was rerouted.
Haven't found much on this one as of late. This was the previous route Southwest parkway took before U.S. 36 was built and the parkway realigned.
- W.A. Abrams
- W.G. Fowler
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 13.1 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Old Southwest parkway bridge over Whitehead Creek
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.74912, -94.81641   (decimal degrees)
39°44'57" N, 94°48'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/344381/4401489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Joseph South
Land survey
T. 57 N., R. 35 W., Sec. 15
Inventory number
BH 76389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 1, 2017: Added by Richard Schott


  • Richard Schott


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Posted January 6, 2021, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

So recently found plot maps from 1932 that show the parkway was indeed split at this spot with this being the northbound side of the parkway. The current path of the two lane parkway was the south bound side only. Bridge is still intact and used now as part of the citys frisbee golf course.

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Posted April 6, 2017, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge hasn't been used for many decades. My father born in 1959 said that the parkway has been the route it currently is as far back as he can remember. Old maps show route 8 which is now U.S. 36 crossing the parkway then. No details show whether it intersected or crossed over the parkway.

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Posted April 2, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is in the NBI through 2004 where it's first shown as closed.

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Posted April 2, 2017, by Anonymous

Those are how I mark duplicate builders so James knows to delete them. Forgot to delete them after adding the non-duplicate builders