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Independence-Liberty Bridge


Old Liberty Bend Bridge

This photo overview (facing south) shows the bridge with old MO-210 Highway in the foreground to the left. This was an upload from another contributor.

Photo uploaded by kentlee@comcast.net and posted to page by John Kritos - February 2011

BH Photo #193100


Built in 1929 as a toll bridge, it was purchased by the state highway commission in 1932 and the toll removed.

In 1949 the channel of the Missouri River was relocated to the south about a mile, cutting off "Liberty Bend" and shortening the barge channel. A new bridge was built, but 71 bypass (as 291 was known then) continued to cross the former channel on this bridge for twenty years until a new road was built just to the east. Southview Drive dead ends where the old abutment used to be. The replacement UCEB carries the new road over a railroad and up the bluff.


Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over the former channel of the Missouri River on MO 291
Clay County, Missouri, and Jackson County, Missouri
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1929, toll removed 1932; replaced 1973
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Design)
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 507.0 ft.
Total length: 1,657.0 ft.
Also called
Old Liberty Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.19665, -94.40206   (decimal degrees)
39°11'48" N, 94°24'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/378927/4339535 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 51 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 29
Inventory number
BH 42780 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2017: New photo from John Kritos
  • August 23, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added engineer and dimensions per ca. 1929 Strauss brochure.
  • October 26, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: description edit
  • February 3, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Relocated pointer, added description
  • February 1, 2011: New photo from John Kritos
  • June 14, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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  • Nathan Holth


Old Liberty Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by Dave (dpcapp [at] gmail [dot] com)

I rode over this one when my family moved to Independence. I don't remember much, but that I enjoyed both of these old trestle bridges. Probably one of the reasons I enjoy seeing old bridges was the day we crossed over the new bridges that replaced this one, and looking over at the remains after the old bridge was demolished. It's a sad image I've never forgotten.

Thanks for the picture of this bridge from my childhood.

Old Liberty Bridge
Posted February 1, 2011, by John Kritos (jmkrito [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I posted Kent's picture to the Bridge's page so that it can be viewed more easily.

Old Liberty Bridge
Posted January 27, 2010, by Kent (kentlee [at] comcast [dot] net)

Here is a picture of the bridge looking south, with Old 210 in the bottom left.