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Grand Glaize Bridge


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BH Photo #104345


Lost deck truss bridge over the Grand Glaize Arm, Lake of the Ozarks, on US 54 between Laguna Beach and Osage Beach
Osage Beach, Camden County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Construction started March 1930 and finished January 1931 in conjunction with the creation of Lake of the Ozarks. New parallel bridge (now carrying westbound traffic) completed in 1984; eastbound bridge finished 1995.
- C.P. O'Reilly & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
- Pioneer Construction Co. of Malvern, Arkansas
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (Designer)
Warren deck truss
Also called
The Upside-Down Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.13385, -92.64247   (decimal degrees)
38°08'02" N, 92°38'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/531333/4220726 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Ozark
Land survey
T. 39 N., R. 16 W., Sec. 11
Inventory number
BH 21067 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • April 25, 2015: New photo from Paul Hamby
  • January 3, 2010: New photo from Eric Kinkhorst
  • October 7, 2008: New photos from James Baughn


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Grand Glaize Bridge
Posted October 22, 2018, by Pam Wilson Martin (Pammartin68 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember with fondness the many summers spent at Camp Pin Oak as a Girl Scout. In the summer of 1965 our senior scout Unit 5 took a 60 mile canoe trip. The highlight of our trip was all 18 of us beaching our canoes and walking across the bridge via the catwalk which was suspended from beneath the bridge. Not sure this was allowed, but oh what fun that special summer!

Grand Glaize Bridge
Posted June 6, 2006, by Brian Roos (dragon8warrior [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a very famous bridge and can be seen in hundreds of post cards from the lake region. People use to call it the Upside Down Bridge because of its unusual design. The bridge was built this way so motorist could have a great view of the lake. Sadly the ugly concrete eye sore that replaced it is very hard to see over the sides from a car. Before the bridge was torn down in 1995 and after it was closed in the 1980's people use to put Christmas decorations out on the bridge.