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Gootch's Mill Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn

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Prior to its replacement, this was the oldest documented bridge remaining on the Missouri state highway system.


Lost through truss bridge over Petite Saline Creek at the end of Route V, southeast of Boonville
Cooper County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1907 over Lamine River by Kansas City Bridge Co.; one span relocated here in 1938
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Original construction)
Pin-connected, 9-panel Parker through truss
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Also called
Turley Bridge (name at original location)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89942, -92.57901   (decimal degrees)
38°53'58" N, 92°34'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/536505/4305699 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 48 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 20
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
MoDOT W-304 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 9446 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21345 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 2, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced based on Google aerial imagery (it's unclear if the stone piers underneath the old bridge, likely from an earlier covered bridge, survived)



Gootch's Mill Bridge
Posted January 30, 2009, by Diana (notsure2009 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We drive over this bridge daily.

It has a charm from days past that will be a shame to lose when it is replaced by a new ,modern, simple, generic bridge, with no character , style or class.

I hope this bridge can be saved and used as part of the Katy trail. Not everything in this world should be disposable.

Gootch's Mill Bridge
Posted July 23, 2008, by Diana (dianasutherland [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge is just down the road from our house . I really enjoy driving over the bridge and seeing the creek and the varied wildlife. The bridge, being old & historic is part of the charm.

I do hope that this bridge is not replaced anytime soon.

Thanks for the info about the bridge and nice job with all the pics. They are great.