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Caplinger Mills Bridge


Side view

Photo taken July 2005 by Bob Estes

BH Photo #104736

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Sac River at Caplinger Mills
Cedar County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Preserved by the Caplinger Mills Bridge Preservation Society
Built 1895 by the Chicago Bridge Co.
- Chicago Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
From west to east:
One wrought iron, pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt (Queenpost) deck truss, 52 feet long
Two wrought iron, pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through trusses, each 140 feet long
One steel, pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt pony truss, 86 feet long (added 1920)
One steel, pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss, 70 feet long (probably added 1919, repaired 1920)
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 488.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 2, 1993
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.79432, -93.80110   (decimal degrees)
37°47'40" N, 93°48'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/429468/4183296 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Caplinger Mills
Inventory numbers
NRHP 93000903 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 21201 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 2, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • October 8, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 31, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 18, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 12, 2008: Updated design description
  • July 29, 2005: Posted photos from Bob Estes


  • Bob Estes - bestes2000 [at] qwest [dot] net
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Geoff Hubbs


Caplinger Mills Bridge
Posted February 2, 2014, by Jim Hamilton (japaha40 [at] gmail [dot] com)

love going to caplinger mills,as i spent a lot of my chilhood on sac river camping and fishing.helped refloor the bridge when i was in my teens.my grandma owned a farm about 4 miles down the sac.good ice cream from ray gannaway.i went some of my early grade school at caplinger.my pop worked at the mill.i'm 73 now and have wonderful memories from that area.most important place to me..

Caplinger Mills Bridge
Posted May 31, 2011, by Molly Hill

What better way to spend one's anniversary than to visit a historic bridge!!!

Caplinger Mills Bridge (previously the Williams Grist Mill)
Posted April 13, 2009, by Clydene Williams Cannon (wmscan [at] att [dot] net)

What a thrill to see the old bridge; dam and grist mill site of my 4th Great Grandfather, Robert Williams and his sons Robert and John Garret Williams who built the original grist mill and dam at this location. Because of illness, they sold the grist mill to the Caplingers from Tennessee and it took on their name. The Williams/Caplinger Mill was burned during the Civil War and rebuilt. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places in Missouri.