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Bryant Bottom Bridge


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Lost through truss bridge over Lamine River on Bryant Bottom Road
Cooper County, Missouri
Demolished to make room for replacement bridge
Built 1908 by the Missouri Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis; demolished 2005
- Missouri Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 12-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 209.9 ft.
Total length: 211.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.92173, -92.93218   (decimal degrees)
38°55'18" N, 92°55'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/505878/4308093 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pilot Grove North
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 18 W., Sec. 18
Inventory numbers
MO 027-202000.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 18848 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21339 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Bryant Bottom Bridge
Posted November 20, 2010, by Steve (mathrocks4 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hi, I bought the Plaque from this bridge from a little antique shop a little west of Camdenton Mo,near Lake of the Ozarks dealer had no idea where it was from, thanks to this site and the photographer of this bridge I am able to put some history with the sign, I have pictures of the Bridge plaque on my blog page, http://coololdstuff-ilikeitall.blogspot.com/ So much history gets lost, I am currently trying to obtain a cool bridge plaque dated 1891 if I remember correct, it is really ornate but no luck on its history so far, or in acquiring it.

Bryant Bottom Bridge
Posted July 9, 2006, by Don Imhoff (imhoff [at] gforcecable [dot] com)

Actually, the comments my cousin Steve made are correct - only they should have been written about Dick's Bridge on Imhoff road.

I'm glad Steve remembers the stories and things we did. I always looked forward to the times the Brown's visited. I really miss you guys.

Thanks for a great website! Lots of memories...

Don Imhoff

Bryant Bottom Bridge
Posted February 18, 2006, by Stevan A. Brown (sabrown14 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My Uncle Frank Imhoff used to live on the other side of that bridge. When I was a kid, we would make the trip from Holton,Ks. to my Uncle Frank's farm several times a year. Each trip held the excitement of crossing that bridge and wondering if we were going to fall into the Lamine River. We had visions of our own "Nessie" lurking in the muddy waters below. We even went so far as to dicuss the proper escape methods in case a collapse ever happened, windows up vs. windows down, swim to the closest side,etc. Only the kids discussed such important matters, my Dad just listened and chuckled.

My cousins claimed a large part of the grounds under the bridge for their own secret hideaway. They called it "Rabbit Paradise". We would tote our .22 rifles along and kill our fair share of snakes and turtles but the rabbits were relatively safe. My sister Kathi would, without fail, close her eyes each time we crossed the bridge. She would cower down in the back seat of the car and not come up until the clatter of the deck boards had stopped.

No one was exempt from the excitement. Even if you happened to be sleeping, even long before we got to the bridge, usually about Johnny Gerling's farm, we would be roused to prepare for "the crossing". I'm going to send this website to all my siblings in hopes they contact you with more memories of our trips across "The Bridge" I really never knew it had a name until now. I've rambled long enough, Thanks for some great memories for this old flatlander.SB