3 votes

Camp Branch Bridge


Long shot from SE

Photo taken by Clark Vance in August 2013


BH Photo #262025


The 1954 topo shows this to be on the old alignment of MO Route M. According to the property owner, the bridge was abandoned by the county when Route M was moved to a new alignment to the west in the mid '60s. He now uses it for access to the other side of his property. Although he drives vehicles across it he will not take horses across due to the holes and weak spots in the deck.

The bridge is claimed as private property.

Reported by one of my students who lived nearby and played on it as a kid.


Pratt pony truss bridge over Camp Branch on private lane
Cass County, Missouri
Private, limited use
Future prospects
The property owner uses it and is keeping it in repair.
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas [also known as Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.]
4-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Also called
Camp Branch-Old Route M Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.64161, -94.15932   (decimal degrees)
38°38'30" N, 94°09'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/399106/4277644 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Lynne
Inventory number
BH 56308 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • January 7, 2015: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed status to something more correct. What it really should say is "Private, limited use"
  • August 8, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • August 8, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added to description after site visit
  • May 21, 2013: Added by Clark Vance


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com


Camp Branch Bridge
Posted May 5, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Star Iron outriggers suggest its a product of Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works

Camp Branch Bridge
Posted January 7, 2015, by randy knippa (rockinhorseacres [at] gmail [dot] com)

we are the property owners looking for any kind of assistance in repairing the decking on this bridge the main structure seems to be solid not looking to spend a great deal but would like to make it usable