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Saxton Ford Bridge


View Of East Portal And Approach, Looking West

Photo taken March 1989 by Phillip Geller for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #123733


Lost through truss bridge over Platte River on Saxton-Easton Road
Buchanan County, Missouri
Replaced by a modern bridge
Built 1925 by the Witham Construction Co.; replaced 1989
- Witham Construction Co.
Riveted, 8-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 152.0 ft.
Total length: 252.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71880, -94.70231   (decimal degrees)
39°43'08" N, 94°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/354093/4397932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 57 N., R. 34 W., Sec. 34
Inventory number
BH 20932 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • January 31, 2005: Posted new photos

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Saxton Ford Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's hard to see but in the very first picture there is a vehicle down the road. You can faintly see the overflow bridge which was the one believed to have been located for the riverwalk project. I can't find any literature on that particular bridge. I do remember watching them lift the entire bridge and setting it down off the side of the road, where it sat for some time until it was relocated.

Saxton Ford Bridge
Posted December 12, 2015, by Richard Schott (stjotickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was actually two bridges at this location. One was about 150 to 200 yards west of the Platte river over an overflow area which isn't listed on here. I believe that is the bridge they used for the river walk.

Saxton Ford Bridge
Posted December 5, 2015, by Don Morrison

The linked Riverwalk bridge is a Pratt and this is a Parker.

Is there more than one Riverwalk bridge?

Saxton Ford Bridge
Posted December 4, 2015, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

Moved 1989 as the Riverwalk bridge next to Missouri River over Blacksnake Creek